Miami Heat stars LeBron James has admitted that Chris Bosh has been far from his best heading into the playoffs, but has backed his team-mate to find his range when it really counts down the stretch as the defending champions aim for a third straight NBA title.

James and Bosh scored 52 points between them last night in a below-par showing in game two of their Eastern Conference showdown, but still had just enough to keep the underdogs at bay in a 101-97 win.

Miami have flattered to deceive in their first post-season series so far though and Bosh has been more guilty than most, missing nine of 13 shots and scoring only 13 points in a particularly poor Game 1.

Bosh was far better last night but James has refused to shy away from being critical of both his team-mates and Miami's performances in recent weeks, calling on a trusted member of his supporting cast to find form, and quick.

James told ESPN: “He’s missed some pretty good looks the last couple of games and we look forward to getting him back in rhythm.

"Obviously, when C.B. is playing on top of his game -- D-Wade has looked like he’s back and I’m going to try to do my part to help us win -- then we’ll be even more dynamic and even more dangerous.”

Despite failing to match their brilliant best in two bouts with the Bobcats the Heat still look firm favourites to make the Eastern Conference semi-finals, ahead of Game 3 in Charlotte on Saturday night.

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