Miami Heat Sweep Charlotte Bobcats
At the open of the game, the Bobcats came out swinging. Kemba Walker was making his statement that he did not want to go home just yet. He started off 3 for 3, and then he continued by scoring 10 of the teams 12 points. The only piece missing here was their star Al Jefferson. He determined that he could not continue after completely tearing the tissue in his foot. Jefferson said he would be prepared to come back if the Bobcats could force a Game 5. For the past 2 quarters it looked like Jefferson might get his wish. Both teams were playing at the same tempo, and no one had completely caught fire. Therefore, it was just an even playing field. There was an average of only a one to two point difference in the score. It was only after around the third quarter that the game got interesting. The top of the third quarter opened with the Bobcats up by two points 52-54.
Mario Chalmers scored a quick lay up to tie than James followed that effort with a layup of his own, and Kemba Walker evened it up 56-56. It went on that way for about 3 minutes until James drove to the basket and collided with Bismack Biyombo. Bobcats fans got excited at the sight of King James crashing to the deck. James appeared shaken after his thigh collided with Biyombo’s knee. However, after the time out James was in attack mode and ready to assert himself. He immediately came out and put together three solid possessions. James hit a 26-footer, 23-footer, and then jammed it home for the exclamation point. The Heat went on a 16 – 5 run that resulted in a 13-point lead to end the 3rd quarter.
With that commanding performance in the last five minutes of the third quarter, the Bobcats could not recover. They tried their best Walker continued with his consistent scoring, but by the 4th quarter the game had already gotten away from them. At the end of the quarter, the Bobcats had to say goodbye to their playoff run. The score was 109-98, and the Heat moves on to the second round to face the winner of the Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets series.
Key Players For The Bobcats:
Kemba Walker – Walker came out in the first quarter and scored 10 of the teams 12 points. He continued to dominate each quarter putting in quality minutes wrapping up with 11-15 shooting. Walker scored 29 points, 5 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Then he continued his onslaught by scoring the teams first 6 points in the 4th quarter.
Key Players For The Heat:
LeBron James – James dominated like he does every game, but he took it up a notch. He scored nine points and got six assists in the third quarter. Plus, he led the Heat on a 16-5 run in the third. His game totals were 31 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and one block.
-The Heat scored 22 points off turnovers.
-The Heat outscored the Bobcats 15-0 in the third quarter.
-LeBron James scored 9 points and six assist the third quarter.
-The Bobcats turned the ball over 16 times, and the Heat only had eight.
-The Bobcats average 58 percent in the paint in the regular season, and was just 48 percent tonight.
-Al Jefferson was out of the game due to his foot injury.
-LeBron scored 11 points in the forth, which contributed to the Bobcats only getting within seven points.
Game 1 (Second Round): The Heat are waiting to face the winner of the (Raptors vs. Nets series). This series is currently tied 2-2 with two more games to go.
Commentary By: Schelett Rickenbacker