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Heat bump Bobcats from playoffs in four games

Miami Heat’s LeBron James puts up a shot as Charlotte Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts looks on during Game 4 of an opening-round NBA playoff series on Monday night in Charlotte, N.C.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James heard the cheers from the crowd as he lay on the court holding his right thigh and writhing in pain.
It only seemed to awaken the four-time league MVP.
James scored 19 of his game-high 31 points after sustaining a thigh bruise early in the third quarter, helping the Miami Heat earn a first-round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 109-98 victory Monday night. He finished Game 4 10 of 19 from the field and had nine assists.
“It’s definitely sore,” James said. “I’m fortunate we were able to close out tonight ...


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