If the current pattern holds true, Chris Bosh will sit out on Wednesday in Miami's final road game of the preseason.

On Saturday, LeBron James rested against the Spurs and did not play. On Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., Dwyane Wade took his turn on the bench. The Heat plays the Washington Wizards on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., the second stop of the team's first back-to-back. With the season so close, caution will be the biggest concern — that and figuring out just whom to cut to get the roster down to 15 players for the final week of training camp.

The Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 98-92 at Raleigh's PNC Arena on Tuesday night before boarding a plane for the middle of the country. The Bobcats front line of center Brendan Haywood and backup Bismack Biyombo posed little challenge to Bosh, who led the Heat in scoring with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 26 minutes. James had 10 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 29 minutes.

"Every time I have a bad game, I always think about doing better," said Bosh, happy to make amends for his six-point effort on Saturday. "San Antonio is a good team, but I feel that I have an advantage most nights. If bigger guys feel they have an advantage on me, then I feel I have an advantage on them as well."

James received a standing ovation before the game when he ran onto the court holding a raised arm. He played every minute of the first quarter, starting the game in fine fashion with an alley-oop to Terrel Harris and then a dunk of his own thanks to a nifty pass from Bosh. The Heat never trailed in the game.

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