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Result: Miami Heat hold on to beat Charlotte Bobcats

The Miami Heat open up a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats with a 101-97 win over the Eastern Conference's eighth seeds.

The Miami Heat survived a strong finish from the Charlotte Bobcats to secure a 101-97 in their playoff game, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

The two-time defending champions made a strong start to the meeting, helping them take a 14-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.

However, Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson led the visitors' comeback, with Walker cutting the Heat lead to three points inside the final minute of the game.

Chris Bosh managed to score on consecutive possessions to ease the pressure for Miami before Dwyane Wade had a steal in the final seconds of the tie.

LeBron James finished the game as the team's leading scorer, adding 32 points throughout the contest.

The teams meet again in Charlotte on Saturday.

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