CHARLOTTE, N.C. ---- What does the LeBron James face of frustration look like?
Like it's coming directly at you for a violent reverse dunk. And then another.
Missing nine consecutive shots after making his first five, victimized by a Ramon Sessions transition dunk along the way, James decided enough was enough.
So he made his reverse-dunk statements at the start of the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat following his lead from there, finally vanquishing the Charlotte Bobcats 104-96 in overtime Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
"That sparked us, but that's who he is," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's going to make something out of his greatness.
"Great players become great."
This time James loaded up on enough shots, 25 in all, that he was able to start hot, struggle for an extended stretch, and still finish strong when needed, closing with a game-high 34 points.
"The game presented itself for me to continue to be aggressive," he said.
Limited largely to a one-two punch with Dwyane Wade taking the night off to rest his knees, the Heat also got 25 points from center Chris Bosh to improve to 2-3 on this six-game trip that concludes Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.
"I like the grit we showed," Spoelstra said.
Pushed to the point of exhaustion while playing on the second night of a back-to-back set that opened with Friday's road win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat got key scores in the extra period from Ray Allen, who started in place of Wade, and Udonis Haslem, to hold on, aided by late poise on both ends by point guard Mario Chalmers.
Center Al Jefferson paced the Bobcats with 22 points.
The Heat have now won 15 in a row from the Bobcats, matching the Spurs' 15 consecutive victories over the Washington Wizards for the longest active such streak in the league.
A basket by Bosh and a pair of from throws from Haslem pushed the Heat to a four-point lead early in the extra period. But the Bobcats closed within 96-95 with 2:12 left on a pair of Josh McRoberts free throws.
That's when the Heat said enough was enough.
Earlier, a 3-pointer by Bosh tied it 86-86 with 5:43 to play in regulation.
The teams went back and forth from there, mostly with a series of missed jumpers.
Guard Gerald Henderson put Charlotte up 88-86 with a jumper before James matched it with a jumper of his own.
From there, James followed with a jumper to put the Heat up 90-88 with 3:45 to play in regulation, with Jefferson scoring inside for the Bobcats to tie it 90-90 with 3:18 left in the fourth.
And that was it for the scoring in regulation, which ended with James off with an off-balance jumper at the regulation buzzer.
"I got a great look," James said, with Spoelstra pointing out the Heat did not exactly complete the set as diagrammed.
Along the way, the game was stopped in the fourth quarter when referee Leroy Richardson stumbled into the Bobcats bench, able to continue.
The building grew silent midway through the third period when Bobcats guard Kemba Walker went down beneath the Charlotte basket after tripping on Bosh. Walker then had to be carried off the court with what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain. Walker has not missed a game in his two seasons to this point.
During the preseason, Charlotte lost Jefferson for an extended period with an ankle injury after he, too, was involved in a tumble against Bosh.
The Heat opened 8 of 10 from the field, but it was defense that was the concern early.
The Bobcats led 29-28 at the end of the first quarter and 60-53 at halftime, with 23 baskets on 21 assists over the opening two periods.
Spoelstra again had to mix and match, with Wade and Chris Andersen both sitting out due to sore knees.
With Jefferson sharp early, Spoelstra turned to Greg Oden late in the second half. Unlike his solid opening stint Wednesday in Washington, Oden struggled this time, with three fouls, one points and no rebounds in his five first-half minutes, his only action of the game.
"I'm not really thinking about my knees," he said. "But I have to play a better game."
In addition, with Wade out, Spoelstra turned to Michael Beasley at the start of the second quarter, after holding Beasley out of Friday's victory in Philadelphia. But, as with Oden, there was only a single first-half stint.
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