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Basketball: Reigning champs Miami open play-offs with win

Published on Apr 21, 2014 7:04 AM
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena on April 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending National Basketball Association (NBA) champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener.

James made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The star-studded Heat finished out the regular-season with three straight defeats, and conceded the top seed in the East to the Indiana Pacers.

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