James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1 - NBC Sports

James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up to shoot against Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) and forward Thaddeus Young, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
April 20, 2014, 6:05 pm

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James Jones had 12 for the Heat. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday.

Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who led by nine early and led again in the third. Al Jefferson missed eight of his final 13 shots after getting hurt in the first quarter. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who got 17 from Gary Neal and 15 from Josh McRoberts.

Miami sealed it with an 18-4 run in the fourth, all but three of those points coming with James getting a rest.

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