Heat vs. Bobcats: Miami wins 96-92

Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte's reserves made it interesting in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't dig out of the huge hole their starters had left for them.

Dwyane Wade took the night off, but the Heat had no real problems with the Bobcats in the two team's pre-season games on Tuesday night.

After Miami got out to a lackadaisical 51-44 half-time lead, they blew the doors open in the third quarter, out-scoring Charlotte 32-21 and opening up a wide double-digit lead.

Chris Bosh had a very efficient 21 points on 8-12 shooting while chipping in seven rebounds and five assists. LeBron James struggled from the floor, shooting 2-8, but he still filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block.

However, after the stars were pulled from the game, the reserves nearly coughed up the lead in the fourth quarter, where they were outscored by the Bobcats 27-17.

Dexter Pittman, in particular, struggled, as Miami was -13 in his 10 minutes on the floor. The third-year center is in a heated training camp battle for his job and his stat-line on Monday couldn't have helped his cause: 0 points on 0-2 shooting, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 4 personal fouls.

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