Defending NBA Champions Miami Heat First to Advance to the Next Round After Sweep of Charlotte Bobcats

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By James Patrick Quizon | April 29, 2014 12:09 PM EST

No surprise here: the Miami Heat, back-to-back NBA champions and shooting for a rare third consecutive title are the first to advance to the next round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs after sweeping the young Charlotte Bobcats in their best-of-seven series.

The Heat beat the Bobcats, 109-98 in Game 4 to register the first-- and only-- sweep in this postseason.

It was a masterful performance once again by the LeBron James-powered squad, which continued their domination of Michael Jordan's 'cats. Charlotte has never won a game versus the Heat since the trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh conspired to play in Miami.

James had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals in the clincher and he awaits the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto match-up for their opponent in the next round of the playoffs. Bosh had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Wade finished with 15 markers.

Charlotte was in the game at the break leading by two points at the half, 54-52 but the Heat stopped cruising by the third quarter outscoring the Bobcats, 32-17 in that stretch. Kemba Walker took on the scoring cudgels in this one to end up with 29 points. Franchise player Al Jefferson missed the game due to an injury.

View the slideshow for more images from Game 4 of the Miami-Charlotte match-up.

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