LeBron James in his first game back since suffering a preseason hamstring injury netted 33 points in yesterday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami. Despite LeBron’s superior play through 29 minutes, Charlotte rallied back to outscore the Heat by 15 in the fourth quarter to win 102-96. DJ Augustin led the Bobcats in scoring with 19. Derrick Brown and Tyrus Thomas came off the bench for 18 and 15, respectively. Chris Bosh contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
The Heat led through the majority of the contest without Dwayne Wade, who is currently in Chicago fighting for the custody of his two sons. “They’ve done an amazing job,” said Charlotte head coach Larry Brown of the revamped Heat roster. “Not only with Bosh and LeBron, but they’ve surrounded them with some pretty good players. It’s like when I had that group in Philly…they allowed Allen to be Allen. And not only did they acquire two phenomenal players, they got a lot of people around them.”
Miami has two more preseason games scheduled against the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic before traveling to the TD Garden for their opening matchup against the Boston Celtics. 2010-2011 Miami Heat tickets are now available!