The most underrated aspects of LeBron's game -- his conditioning and endurance -- were on full display. Entering the second game of a back-to-back set, James said he wasn't sure where he'd find the energy to respond after a remarkable 42-minute stint to lead the Heat past Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City on Christmas Day. After a quick start that included four dunks on his first five made shots, James slowed down in the second half. Until crunch time. Then he was LeBron again.
For the second straight night, Wade came through with another big fourth quarter that featured several key baskets after the Bobcats rallied. Wade had his entire game working, with his best rebounding effort of the season to go along with his scoring. Wade is also regaining the stroke on his mid-range jumper, which means he's getting closer and closer to regaining his all-around form after methodically recovering from offseason knee surgery.
Defensive lapses. Foul trouble. Low rebounding numbers again. Yes, Bosh had a sluggish night across the board against the Bobcats. Considering there was a chance he was going to sit out with a right eye injury he sustained Tuesday against OKC, Bosh deserves at least some credit for giving it a go in Charlotte. But the combination of tired legs and pregame headaches apparently took their toll.
After a sporadic start to the season, Chalmers is finally delivering some consistency at the point guard position. That's especially been the case with his shooting. Chalmers picked up where he left off against the Thunder by knocking down four 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. He's now 8-of-14 from 3-point range over his past two games.
The Bobcats hardly played like a team that carried the NBA's longest active losing streak into the game. They could have folded after falling behind by 19 points in the first half. But instead, they rallied and pulled to within two points of the Heat midway through the fourth quarter. In the end, Miami had too much firepower and closed the game on a 21-10 run to hand the Bobcats their 16th loss in a row.