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The Miami Heat cruise to victory in Game 3

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

The Miami Heat put the pressure on the Charlotte Bobcats, pushing their lead in the series to 3-0. LeBron James and the Heat cruised to victory, beating Michael Jordan’s Bobcats handily, 98-85.

Unlike the first two games in the series, James and the Heat made sure this game was never too close for comfort. James contributed 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, hitting 10 of 18 from the hardwood. Dwyane Wade chipped in 17 points and six assists in the contest, and Chris Andersen came off the bench with 12 points and seven rebounds. As a team, the Heat were money from outside the arc, draining 50 percent of their attempts from downtown. They also managed to take a slight advantage on the boards as well, 39-38.

Al Jefferson did his best to lead the Bobcats, putting up solid numbers: 20 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Despite their efforts, and MJ rooting for his team on the sidelines, the Bobcats couldn’t manage to challenge the Heat. Miami pulled away from the Bobcats, building up a sizable lead in the third quarter. The Heat forced the Bobcats to turn the ball over 14 times, playing terrific defense that the Bobcats couldn’t unlock.

King James even managed to glare at MJ before slamming it home on a fast break. Perhaps James was lucky that His Airness didn’t have a time machine.

Overall, the Miami Heat have earned 19 straight victories over the Bobcats, and it seems that they will get number 20 in Game 4. The brooms might have to be on stand-by because the Heat are about to spell out “sweep” with one more win.

“You don’t want a series to go longer than it needs to,” Erik Spoelstra told ESPN. The Heat are now focused on closing out the Bobcats.

Will the Bobcats avoid being swept or will they be getting some broom action in Game 4? We’ll find out on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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