Miami Heat sweeps Charlotte Bobcats to advance to second round

LeBron 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.

The two-time defending NBA champions will await the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is tied 2-2. If that series goes the distance it won't wrap up until Sunday.

Chris Bosh added 17 points and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami extended its winning streak over Charlotte to 20 games.

Kemba Walker finished with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting for Charlotte.

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