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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat dont get discouraged when they dont have Dwyane Wade in the lineup. They know they can win without him. LeBron James had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the short-handed Heat to a 105-82 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. "Its business as usual," forward Chris Bosh said of the star guards absence. Hes only slightly exaggerating as Miami improved to 11-1 in Wades absence. He is expected back for Sundays game at New York. Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Heat completed a three-game season-series sweep of Charlotte. Miami led by 22 after three quarters and rested James, who also had five assists, the entire final period. Miami bounced back after a disappointing 96-86 overtime loss at Chicago on Thursday night that likely ended the Heats hopes of getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. "It was important for us to get better tonight and get a win," James said. Derrick Brown had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Charlotte, which lost its 15th straight. The Bobcats trailed 33-19 after the first quarter and got no closer than 15 points in the second half. Miami was also without starting forward Udonis Haslem (stomach virus) and reserve forward Mike Miller (ankle). The absences from forced Miami to have its third different starting lineup in three games. Swingman James Jones (six points on 2-for-7 shooting) started for Wade, and centre Joel Anthony replaced Haslem, who got his first start a night earlier at Chicago in place of Ronny Turiaf. However, the injuries didnt ease Charlotte coach Paul Silas one bit. "If Wade, Bosh, and LeBron were out then Id be smiling," he said before the game. The Bobcats were also short-handed, starting the game with just 10 players in uniform. Among the missing were forward Tyrus Thomas (right knee contusion), centre DeSagana Diop (left Achilles), forward Corey Maggette (right Achilles), and forward Eduardo Najera (frontal bone fracture). Then, forward D.J. White was hit in the head in the second quarter and the resulting headache meant he didnt play in the second half. "I think we played hard," Brown said. "Were short-handed right now. This team just keeps on playing through adversity. Obviously, its bad but we need to continue to play as hard as we can to get ready for the future." The Bobcats, a league-worst 7-51, are in danger of not reaching double-digit victories in this lockout-shortened 66-game season. Charlotte needs three victories in the final eight games. Miami made quick work of the Bobcats. The Heat took a 58-39 halftime lead by shooting 58.5 per cent from the field and holding Charlotte to 38.5 per cent. Charlotte didnt offer much resistance. Brown had a good night, guard Gerald Henderson chipped in with 14 points, and rookie centre Bismack Biyombo had 10 points, eight rebounds and rookie guard Kemba Walker added 11 points. The Heat reserves, outscored 47-7 by their Chicago counterparts a night earlier, finished with 44 points and 17 rebounds against the Bobcats. Center Dexter Pittman had a career-best 16 points. NOTES: Miami is in the midst of playing five games in seven days. It hosted Boston (Tuesday), visited Chicago (Thursday), hosted Charlotte (Friday) and visits New York (Sunday) and New Jersey (Monday). ... LeBron James scored in double digits for the 136th consecutive game with the Heat. The franchise record is 148 by Wade. James has scored in double digits for 414 consecutive career games. ... Charlotte guard Gerald Henderson has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 18 games. www.carolinapanthersjerseyssale.com/Jonathan-stewart-jersey-pr-59/ . Dan Boyles third-period goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of their Western Conference quarter-final series Wednesday night. www.carolinapanthersjerseyssale.com/Derek-anderson-jersey-bv-22/ . The end of this mess of a season for the Minnesota Twins still mattered to the veteran right-hander, who wanted no part of 100 losses. http://www.carolinapanthersjerseyssale.com/D-j-moore-jersey-dk-79/.ca NHL Power Rankings, which means another week at No. www.carolinapanthersjerseyssale.com/Brandon-lafell-jersey-tv-92/ . -- When the Baltimore Ravens last went to the Super Bowl, Art Modell was owner of the team and Brian Billick was the coach. www.carolinapanthersjerseyssale.com/Greg-olsen-jersey-zh-18/ .A. Dickey has a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. According to various reports out of New York, dArnaud took a foul ball off his foot in the sixth inning of Wednesdays game in Las Vegas, where he plays for the Mets Triple-A affiliate, the 51s.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes have lost players to injuries and suspensions. They get off to slow starts, give up goals late in regulation. Nothing ever seems to be easy. So how do they handle the adversity? Shrug their shoulders and grit their teeth. Buoyed by a band-together resiliency that comes with having no real star players and an uncertain future in the desert, Phoenix has scrapped its way to the doorstep of the franchises first playoff series victory in 25 years. Leading the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 after Mikkel Boedkers second straight overtime winner, the Coyotes can close out the testy series in what figures to be a charged-up Jobing.com Arena for Game 5 Saturday night. "Theres two ways you can go with adversity: you can go poor us or you can look at it as a motivating factor. Our group looks at it as a motivating factor, simple as that," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Friday. "The adversity that our team goes through on and off the ice is something that has made our group a lot stronger. You get into tough situations, nobody gets flustered." The Coyotes have looked almost uncomfortable unless theyre on the cusp of calamity, losing players, momentum and leads. Theyve found ways to fight back almost every time. Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Phoenix lost leading goal-scorer Radim Vrbata on his first shift, gave up a goal with 14 seconds left, won it in overtime. Game 2: Martin Hanzal goes down early, Chicago gets another goal to go in late, this time with 5 seconds left. The Coyotes lost that game, but rallied in Game 3 in Chicago, winning in overtime without Hanzal or forward Lauri Korpikoski. The pattern continued in Game 4 Thursday night. Hanzal and Korpikoski again were out and scrappy forward Raffi Torres didnt play after being suspended for a chin-lifting hit on Marian Hossa in the previous game. Another player was lost when enforcer Paul Bissonnette received a game misconduct because he didnt have his jersey tied down and it came off during a fight with Brandon Bollig. If that wasnt enough, Phoenix again gave up another late tying goal, this one by Michael Frolik with 1:26 left to make the series the first since 1951 -- second ever -- to open with four straight overtime games. No matter to the Coyotes. Taking a been-here-before approach during the intermission, they charged out of the locker room and ended it quickly, with Boedker squeezing a puck between Chicago goalie Corey Crawfords pads 2:15 into overtime. The victory puts Phoenix on the cusp of its first playoff series victory since 1987, when the franchise was still the Winnipeg Jets. Given the way the series has gone so far, it isnt likely to be easy. For a group thats played the past three seasons without an owner and uncertain future, they almost wouldnt have it any other way. "Weve joked about it: Its hockey the hard way," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "You dont want to make it easy, youve got to make it hard. Its been fun, though." Chicago hasnt enjoyyed it much.dddddddddddd The Blackhawks have shown some resiliency of their own, rallying to force overtime with late goals three times. They just havent been able to finish it off. With chances to win all four games, Chicago has come through just once, winning Game 2 in Phoenix on Bryan Bickells goal in overtime. On the brink of elimination, the Blackhawks need to conjure up a rally quickly. They did it on the way to winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 and rallied to force a Game 7 last year against Vancouver after trailing the series 3-0. Fail on Saturday and itll be an off-season of looking back at what could have been, all those near-misses gnawing at them until camp starts next season. "Sure we can feel confident; weve won three playoff games in a row before," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "But you cant win three in one night. (We just have) to focus on one game; every period, every shift can be the difference." The biggest task for the Blackhawks will be solving Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. One of the NHLs best goalies during his first full season as a No. 1, Smith has been superb through most of the series, almost singlehandedly carrying the Coyotes at times. Shaking off a blow to the head by Chicagos Andrew Shaw in Game 2 -- one that left him lying on the ice for five minutes -- "Smitty" has frustrated the Blackhawks with his ability to move pucks from outside the crease and to stop almost everything that comes at him. When Chicago has had success against Smith, its been by creating traffic in front of him. The Blackhawks have done it for stretches, particularly with late flurries that led to tying goals in three games, but havent done it enough to gets pucks past him. "Hes a great goaltender and hes going to make the saves that he sees," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "You look at every goal weve scored its been bodies at the net, deflections, screens, ugly goals. Thats the way weve got to be successful." Phoenix has scored a couple of ugly goals against Crawford, which may lead to a change. Though steady through most of the series, Crawford has given up what some consider soft goals in overtime the past two games: Boedker from a sharp angle in Game 3, Boedker between his pads Thursday night. With veteran Ray Emery waiting, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville could opt to make a change for Game 5, though he wasnt ready to reveal his hand just yet. "Were talking about that," Quenneville said before the team left for the desert on Friday. "Well talk about our scenario. I dont foresee making any announcements." One player will certainly be out; Hossas condition hasnt changed and he isnt making the trip to Phoenix. Torres had his hearing with the NHL on Friday, but the length of his suspension isnt expected to be known until sometime before the game on Saturday. The way its gone for the Coyotes, it may not matter whos on the ice for them. ------ AP Sports Writer Rick Gano in Chicago contributed to this report. ' ' '
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