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Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000 for flagrant foul on Heat's LeBron James

Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 on Thursday for delivering a forearm to the neck of Heat forward LeBron James during Miami's 101-97 victory in Game 2 of a first-round series.

With just under a minute remaining and Miami leading 97-94 on Wednesday, James attacked the basket from the top of the arc going to his left. As he approached the protected circle, James rose into a shot attempt, only to have McRoberts deliver a right forearm just underneath his chin. James' head snapped backward and he went down to the court, where he remained for a bit to get his bearings.

McRoberts escaped with a common foul, but the NBA upgraded it to a Flagrant Foul 2, which applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary and excessive" and would have mandated an automatic ejection. McRoberts will not be suspended for the play.

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Miami held on to win 101-97 thanks to a game-high 32 points (on 11-for-17 shooting), eight assists, six rebounds and four steals from James. Chris Bosh added 20 points (on 8-for-11 shooting) and five rebounds.

Al Jefferson had 18 points (on 9-for-23 shooting) and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, even though he was clearly limited by a foot injury suffered during Game 1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with a team-high 22 points (on 9-for-13 shooting) and 10 rebounds.

The second-seeded Heat lead the seventh-seeded Bobcats 2-0. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference series is Saturday in Charlotte.
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