NBA playoffs 2014, Bobcats vs. Heat final score: LeBron James leads Miami to 101-97 win in Game 2

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a dominant performance, but the Miami Heat did enough to take a 2-0 lead over the Charlotte Bobcats.

LeBron James once again led his team with a fantastic all-around game Wednesday night. He stuffed the stat sheet with 32 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. Chris Bosh added 20 points and was 4-for-5 from behind the arc as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 101-97, to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the teams' Eastern Conference playoff series.

Erik Spoelstra's swarming defense forced 11 turnovers in the first half and gave Miami a 57-47 lead at the break. Although Charlotte rallied in the second half, the Bobcats were never able to take the lead.

The Heat appeared to be going through the motions for much of this game, but it shouldn't really matter, because they have so much more talent than the Bobcats. There were stretches where it seemed as though Miami was content to trade baskets with Charlotte. However, when Miami needed to make a run, the team was able to do just that and create some breathing room.

But the Bobcats just wouldn't go away; in fact, they only trailed by three (97-94) with 1:42 left in the game. Then, when the score was 98-94, Kemba Walker drilled a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. After LeBron hit two free throws, the Bobcats had a chance to tie the game at 100, but they turned the ball over.

The Bobcats were big underdogs going into this first-round series against the Heat, and that was before Al Jefferson was severely limited by a foot injury. The Bobcats' star center was limping with every step that he took, but he toughed it out in Game 2.

Bigallimp_medium

Jefferson clearly wasn't the same player that he had been all season, but he's so skilled, he was still able to have an impact. After going 3 for 10 from the floor in the first half, Big Al finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes in the Bobcats' losing effort.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had one of his best offensive games of the season, scoring 22 points. Walker added 16 points and eight assists.

Game 3 will be played in Charlotte on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. That game will be televised on ESPN.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.