Heat 109, Bobcats 98

LeBron James scored 31 points, and Miami completed a first-round sweep of host Charlotte on Monday night.

James scored 19 points after injuring his thigh in the third quarter. He finished the game 10-of-19 from the field and had nine assists.

Chris Bosh added 17 points and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami won its 20th consecutive game over Charlotte.

The two-time defending champion NBA champions will await the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is tied 2-2.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 29 points.

The Bobcats played without Al Jefferson, their leading scorer and rebounder who has been bothered by a foot injury since the first quarter of Game 1.

The loss signaled the end of an era for the Bobcats. They will become the Hornets next season.

The Heat improved to 16-2 in first-round games since James’ arrival four years ago. This was Miami’s ninth consecutive series victory.

Miami began to take control midway through the third quarter shortly after James gave his teammates a scare when he drove to the basket and his right thigh collided with Bismack Biyombo’s knee, sending him to the ground.

James remained on the floor for more than a minute and concerned teammates began gathering around him.

He eventually got up and hobbled to the bench and sat down during a timeout, but he stayed in the game.

The injury only seemed to inspire James after fans cheered when he went down.

After the timeout he buried a 3-pointer and a long jumper before a one-handed dunk to help give Miami a 73-66 lead with 4:51 left in the third quarter. Miami pushed the lead to 13 when Norris Cole knocked down a 3-point buzzer-beater from the right corner at the end of the quarter.

Hawks 107, Pacers 97

Visiting Atlanta used a 41-19 surge in the second quarter to build a 30-point lead and held off a late rally by Indiana to win and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Hawks’ bench played a pivotal role in the win as Shelvin Mack scored a team-high 20 points and Mike Scott added 17 points.

Paul George scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds — both game highs — to lead the Pacers.