Charlotte just couldn't hold on in Game 1. Despite a strong start from the Heat, the Bobcats battled back within seven at the half on Sunday, and actually held the lead for part of the third quarter. Then, LeBron James took over.
The reigning two-time MVP hit a three-pointer as time expired in the third period, and that was it for Charlotte. The Heat turned up the defensive pressure, and moved the ball well on the offensive end of the floor. Miami went 4-of-5 from three in the fourth quarter on their way to a dominating 99-88 win.
Miami looked like they wanted to get this series over with early on Sunday. Charlotte, who battled valiantly for a spot in the East, hopes they can extend the series and steal a game in Florida on Wednesday night. That will be tough to do, especially with Al Jefferson hindered by his plantar fasciitis.
Game time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Announcing crew: Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony & Rachel Nichols