LeBron, Heat sweep Bobcats, 109-98
AP April 30, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- LeBron James scored 31 points as Miami completed a first-round sweep of Charlotte with a 109-98 victory Monday.
James scored 19 points after slightly injuring his thigh in the third quarter. He finished the game 10 of 19 from the field and had nine assists.
The two-time defending NBA champions will next play the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is level 2-2.
Chris Bosh added 17 points and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami won its 20th straight game over Charlotte.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 29 points.
The Bobcats played without Al Jefferson, their leading scorer and rebounder who has been bothered by a foot injury since the first quarter of Game 1.
Atlanta's Mike Scott made five 3-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run as the Hawks fended off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 107-97 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Atlanta can clinch the first-round series at home Thursday.
Scott scored all 17 of his points during a 12-minute stretch when Atlanta went 13 of 16 from the field and outscored Indiana 41-19 to take a 61-40 halftime lead. Shelvin Mack led the eighth-seeded Hawks with 20 points.
Paul George had 26 for Indiana, which got as close as eight points in the final minute.
At Dallas, Manu Ginobili scored 23 points and Boris Diaw hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the San Antonio Spurs held off a second-half surge by Dallas to win 93-89 and level the first-round playoff series.
The Spurs regained the home-court advantage by getting a split of two games in Dallas, matching what the eighth-seeded Mavericks did in San Antonio.
The Spurs led by 20 points in the third quarter before the Mavericks pulled even midway through the fourth quarter of Game 4. The score was still tied when Diaw hit from long range over Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key for a 90-87 lead.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 20 points but missed two potential tying shots after Diaw's basket.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.
Nowitzki had 19 points and was held under 20 in a fourth straight playoff game for the first time since his first postseason in 2001.
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