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James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) looks to pass as Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (11) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) passes the ball as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) grabs a rebound over Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1)during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — 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.

Luke Ridnour made a high-arcing baseline jumper with 10:29 left to get Charlotte within 74-69 before Jones answered with a 3-pointer to put Miami up by eight.

That’s when James got a breather. He returned to tons of breathing room.

Chris Andersen had a tip-in for a 12-point lead, Wade made a 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down with 6:50 left to make it 85-70, and another score by Andersen pushed the margin to 17.

With that, Game 1 was secure. And just for good measure, James drilled a 3 on his first possession after checking back in, putting Miami up 20.

It was a solid first step for the two-time defending champions, who lost 14 of their final 25 games and earned only the No. 2 seed in the East. But James said before the game that the Heat felt like the season was starting anew, and that the playoffs were what matter most.

So far, so good.

Charlotte’s opening lineup had four players making their first playoff starts — three of them seeing their first playoff action. It was also the first national-television appearance this season for the Bobcats, who seemed anything but overwhelmed by the moment.

Before long, they had a nine-point lead behind Jefferson, who made his first four shots.

But he limped to the bench late in the first quarter, tugged his left shoe off and began rubbing his heel before wobbling toward the Charlotte locker room. The team said he was bothered by a left plantar fascia strain — the pain of which sometimes forced him to resort to one-legged jumpers and generally limping wherever he went.

Still, Charlotte led by six midway through the second when the Heat embarked on what became a 19-2 run.

Miami scored the first 12 in that stretch, and the Heat got a surprise boost as well. Little-used James Jones came off the bench to score four more late, and the Heat suddenly were up 47-36.

Walker made a 3-pointer to beat the first-half buzzer, drawing Charlotte within 49-42. That started an 11-0 answer by the Bobcats, who scored the first eight of the third quarter to reclaim a one-point lead.

And the third stayed close, neither team leading by more than three for the majority of the third. But a quick 7-2 Heat spurt — including a nifty drive by Jones, who had exactly three two-pointers in the entire regular season — gave Miami a 66-61 cushion late in the period.

James made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, and it was 72-65 entering the fourth.

San Antonio 90, Dallas 85

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Dallas Mavericks to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired.

Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset.

The Spurs had insisted that what happens in the regular season doesn’t matter, and they were proven right for much of the game — much to the home fans’ dismay. Absent were the crisp passing, aggressive defense and 3-point shooting that made for the league’s best record.

San Antonio returned to its winning formula over the final seven minutes, taking an 86-81 lead with a 15-0 run. Splitter tied the game with about five minutes remaining, rolling to the basket off a screen for an easy layup off a pass from Parker.

The All-Star point guard then drove the lane for a layup and drained a 13-foot jumper, which he punctuated with a loud scream after Dallas called timeout with 2:45 to go.

Duncan, wearing a heavy brace on his left knee, walked off the court gingerly with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter after banging knees with Ellis. He did not get up as he customarily does during a timeout to greet his teammates.

Duncan later left the court, followed closely by trainer Will Sevening and team doctor Dr. David Schmidt, returning a minute later limping slightly less, and he played big down the stretch.

Notes: Referee Joey Crawford screamed twice at a pair of scoring officials during a timeout, telling them at one point to do their jobs. Crawford, who once ejected Duncan for laughing from the bench during a game against the Mavericks, was booed regularly by the fans.

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