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NEW YORK - Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

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McRoberts' foul against James with 50 seconds remaining Wednesday night in Miami in the Heat's 101-97 playoff victory over the Bobcats has been upgraded to a Flagrant 2.

James drove and was met at the rim by McRoberts, whose right elbow struck the four-time NBA MVP around his chin. James immediately began grabbing at his throat and needed much longer than he usually does to get up after a hard foul, which was not called flagrant. The Heat lead the Eastern Conference first-round series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday in Charlotte.

Formica's Quick Take: Why The Bobcats Aren't Done Yet

Formica's Quick Take: Why The Bobcats Aren't Done Yet

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