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Miami Heat go up 1-0 on Bobcats

Ira Winderman Heat record postseason-opening victory that allows them to regain some traction after a sloppy close to the regular season.

NBA: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade not keen on resting for Miami Heat's threepeat push

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second  period of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP PhotoAlan Diaz)

LeBron James knows what Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is thinking, how he's hoping that this plan to preserve the reigning MVP's legs pays off when the playoffs roll around.

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NBA: Miami Heat power past Detroit Pistons with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James starring

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) blocks Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith (6) during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on Monday and LeBron James just missed a triple-double as NBA champions Miami beat Detroit 102-96.

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Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

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NBA playoffs a true contest in the west

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Paul Suttor It would be nice to say the best 16 teams are now locked in for the first round of the NBA playoffs, preparing for the first of what each team hopes to be four seven-game contests that lead to the...

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Miami Heat's future as a dynasty under cloud as big decisions loom

Paul Suttor All those fans who suddenly became Miami Heat supporters in the past few years look like they'll be facing a true test of their loyalty before they realise.

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LeBron James stopped at the rim by Mason Plumlee and Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn rookie Mason Plumlee stops LeBron James at the rim.

Ira Winderman Yes, the Brooklyn Nets have the Miami Heat's number.

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Los Angeles Lakers upset Portland Trail Blazers by one point

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, from Spain, reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 3, 2014.  Gasol topped the Lakers in scoring with 22 points as they won 107-106. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Wesley Johnson scored on a lob pass with 6.4 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers.

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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony: 'Anything that can go wrong is going wrong'

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) talk during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Heat won 108-82. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Scott Cacciola Nobody needed Carmelo Anthony to confirm what everyone already knew. But given his uncertain future with the New York Knicks, his saying it only added to the angst that has gnawed at this team for...

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Phil Jackson Q&A: 'Jesus could probably coach' Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Sam Amick No one has forgotten about Phil Jackson.

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NBA: LeBron James scores a career-high 61 points

Miami Heat's LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James has scored a career-high 61 points, breaking the Miami Heat's one-game scoring record, as he sparked the defending champions to a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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LeBron James sticks nose into Kevin Durant's MVP party

Miami Heat forward LeBron James celebrates a teammate's 3-pointer in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Dallas. James scored 42 points in the 117-106 Heat win. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Sam Amick Before the Miami Heat's regular-season revenge was even over, you just knew the narrative that surrounds the Oklahoma City Thunder would be swirling and growing like a twisters rolling through the...

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NBA All Star Chris Bosh repeats his desire to stay with Miami Heat

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 11: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 11, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Barry Jackson After spending so much time away from power forward, his natural position, and subjugating his ego and taking fewer shots, the question invariably will come up: Now that he has won championships,...

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Miami Heat dominates San Antonio Spurs in NBA

LeBron James.

First meeting between Miami and San Antonio since the Heat's triumph in last season's bruising NBA finals went all Miami's way.

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Double Dribble: LeBron James needs to forget about MVP race with Kevin Durant

Paul Suttor

Paul Suttor LeBron James is on track to surrender his MVP award - and it could be the best thing for his career and the misfiring Miami Heat.

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Jason Collins creates history by becoming first openly gay man in major US sports league

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins waits to come into the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 108-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major US professional sports leagues on Sunday night when he got court-time in Brooklyn Nets' 108-102 NBA victory over the Los Angeles...

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Heat beats Bulls, spoils Rose return

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during the game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Miami Miami Heat shows it will be difficult to beat in this season as well.

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Brett Brown begins NBA coaching career with massive upset over Miami Heat

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Head coah Brett Brwon of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat on October 30, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Image License Agreement.   Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Former Australian Boomers coach Brett Brown sang his rookie point guard's praises after launching his NBA head coaching career with an unlikely upset of the defending champion Miami Heat.

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets hand Miami Heat another defeat

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Garnett talks to a referee during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. Brooklyn defeated Miami, 101-100. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each as the Brooklyn Nets handed NBA champions the Miami Heat their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory on Friday.

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NBA: Indiana Pacers improve to 9-0 start by beating Milwaukee Bucks

Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola celebrates a foul called against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 104-77. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana improved their perfect start to the NBA season to 9-0 by cruising past Milwaukee 104-77, with Roy Hibbert having 24 points and eight blocks.