Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) goes up for a shot between Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller (40) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. Photo by Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Heat 98, Bobcats 85
LeBron James scored 30 points, and the Miami Heat rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-85, to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
The two-time defending NBA champions took control with a 16-4 run to end the first half for a 58-46 halftime lead, then opened the second with a 21-7 spurt to push the lead to 79-53.
Charlotte made a late run to whittle the final margin down but never seriously threatened.
James, who scored a career-high 61 points in his last visit to Time Warner Cable Arena in March, was 10-for-18 from the field and nine of 10 from the line. He also had 10 rebounds and six assists.
The Heat also got 17 points from guard Dwyane Wade and 12 from forward Chris Andersen.
Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 20, but scored only five in the final three quarters. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17, and Kemba Walker and Josh McRoberts scored 13 apiece.
The Bobcats led 27-23 after one quarter, thanks to Jefferson's 15 first-quarter points on seven of nine shooting, and they extended the lead to seven points early in the second before Miami took control.