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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The coast-to-coast frenzy that is the NBA Playoffs will begin soon enough for the Miami Heat.
For now, these past four matchups against the Charlotte Bobcats felt more like games Nos. 83, 84, 85 and 86 of a regular season that never quite brought out the championship best in Erik Spoelstra's team.
Completing their second first-round sweep in as many seasons, the Heat took advantage of a Charlotte lineup lacking hobbled center Al Jefferson in a 109-98 victory Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena that now will give them at least five days off.
The Heat next face the winner of the best-of-seven first-round series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors that is tied 2-2. The Heat's next series could open Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena if the Nets-Raptors series is completed by Friday's Game 6.
The Heat went 4-0 against the Raptors during the regular season, but 0-4 against the Nets, losing a pair of preseason games against Brooklyn, as well.
With Jefferson unable to push past the pain in his left foot that had limited him since the series' opener, the Bobcats on Monday were little more than the all-or-nothing of guard Kemba Walker, who closed with a postseason career-best 29 points.
For the Heat, there were 31 points from forward LeBron James, who overcame a knee to the thigh hit in the third quarter, 17 from center Chris Bosh and 15 from guard Dwyane Wade, who battled foul trouble and now will benefit from additional time off for his troublesome knees.
"I feel like we got better every game," James said, "and that's what it's about, you improve every game."
Charlotte entered aware that no team has ever recovered from an 0-3 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.
The Heat finished the series having won the teams' last 20 matchups, 19-0 against Charlotte in the Heat's Big Three era. The Heat also have now won the last eight meetings at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Bobcats remain without the franchise's first postseason victory, 0-8 in the playoffs over the franchise's 10-year history, to be rebranded as the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season.