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Game 3 Boxscore: Heat 96, Bulls 85
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Updated: May 22, 2011 10:11PM



MIAMI — Chris Bosh repeated his Game 1 performance with 34 points on 13-of-18 shooting, LeBron James added 22 points and 10 assists and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Miami Heat took control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 96-85 victory over the Bulls on Sunday night at American Airlines Arena for a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Bulls trailed 68-66 early in the fourth quarter. And they were still down just 78-74 after Carlos Boozer hit two free throws with 6:39 to go. But Udonis Haslem hit a shot in the the lane to start a 9-0 run that was capped by Jame’ three-point play on a fast-break that gave the Heat an 87-74 lead with 5:07 to play.

Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls. Derrick Rose added 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting and five assists. Luol Deng added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who shot 42 percent (32-of-77) from the field and three-point range (5-of-12).

THIRD QUARTER

Chris Bosh kept the hot hand with eight points to give him 24 for the game as the Heat led the Bulls 68-65 after three quarters of the Eastern Conference finals at American Airlines Arena.

COMEBACK KID: After Bosh hits two more outside jumpers to give the Heat a 47-42 lead, Derrick Rose scores on a one-hander on a drive, then hits a three-pointer to tie the game at 47 ith 8:52 left in the quarter.

TWO-MAN TEAM: Carlos Boozer hits a 15-footer and Rose scores on a pull-up in the lane t give the Bulls a 51-50 lead. Dwyane Wade hits a free throws and Bosh hits two to give the Heat a 53-51 lead. But Boozer scores on a dunk off a feed form Joakim Noah to tie it at 53.

TOO MUCH HEAT: Mike Bibby hits an open three-pointer, Bosh hits a fadeaway on the baseline against Noah and after Keith Bogans misses a three-pointer, Wade hits a 13-footer to give the Heat a 60-53 lead with 3:58 left in the quarter.

PULLING AWAY: Boozer keeps the Bulls close with a tip-in and two free throws, but Udonis Haslem hits back-to-back jumpers to give the Heat their largest lead 66-57 1:22 to go in the quarter.

NOT DEAD YET: Luol Deng hits two three pointers in the final 66 seconds to get the Bulls within 68-65. He has a chance for more after the Bulls steal the inbounds with five seconds left, but Deng’s 17 footer goes around and out at the buzzer.

SECOND QUARTER

Chris Bosh scored 13 of his 16 points in the second quarter as the Miami Heat took a 43-40 lead over the Bulls at halftime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday at American Airlines Arena.

LeBron James scored just two points in the quarter, but had three assists. James has 10 points and six assists at halftime.

Carlos Boozer scored nine points and Derrick Rose scored seven points — all in the final 3:16 of the half to keep the Bulls close. Rose has 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting for the half.

The Bulls are shooting 40 percent 16-of-40. The Heat are shooting 47 percent (15-of-31).

BOSH-ED: Mario Chalmers hits a 17-footer and Chris Bosh hits a free thrown, then two more after he puts a spin move on Taj Gibson to give the Heat a 23-17 lead.

BOOZER RESPONDS: Carlos Boozer, 0-for-5 in the first quarter, hits an 18-footer beyond the free throw line, then gets away with an elbow against Udonis Haslem for an inside basket, scores inside again and hits a 16-footer to keep the Bulls within 27-25 with 6:58 left in the half.

ONE-MAN SHOT: With LeBron James on the Bench, Bosh hits from 17 feet and scores inside to give him nine of the Heat’s first 13 points in the quarter.

BENCH MOB: Kyle Korver uses a pick from Boozer to hit a turnaround three-pointer and C.J. Watson hits a long two-pointer to keep the Bulls within 31-30 with 3:47 left in the quarter.

TOUGH TO STOP: After Joel Anthony gets an offensive rebound and Chalmers feeds Dwyane Wade for a dunk, James hits Bosh for an open shot at the top of the key. He swishes it to give the Heat a 35-30 lead with 4:29 to play in the half.

M-V-P: Struggling through a tough first half, Rose gets the benefit of the doubt on a block-charge call against James, hits the bucket off the glass and converts a three-point play to cut the Heat’s lead to 41-38.

FIRST QUARTER

LeBron James scored eight points and dished out three assists as the Heat took an 18-15 lead over the Bulls after the first quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night at American Airlines Arena.

Derrick Rose scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting and Carlos Boozer was 0-for-5 from the field and scoreless as the Bulls shot 6-of-24 in the quarter.

EARLY LEAD: Derrick Rose scores on a drive and Keith Bogans hits a three-pointer off a pass from Joakim Noah to give the Bulls a 7-4 lead with 8:15 left in the quarter.

BOOZER STYMIED: Carlos Boozer rebounds a missed free throw by Noah, but his shot is blocked by Joel Anthony. Boozer gets the rebound again, but he misses in the lane and Noah is called for his second personal foul trying to keep the ball alive. Omer Asik replaces Noah.

LEBRON STRIKES: LeBron James hits a three-pointer, draws a flimsy foul on Deng on a three-pointer and hits all three free throws and feeds Chris Bosh for a dunk as the Heat outscore the Bulls 9-1 to take a 15-10 lead with 3:45 to play in the quarter.

NOT AGAIN: Boozer gets the ball inside, but his shot is blocked by James. Boozer is 0-for-5 from the field.

WORKIN’ THE REF: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has an animated discussion with referee Steve Javie at the end of a time out. When play ensues, Javie calls a cheap foul on Mike Miller for pushing Asik on a rebound. Taj Gibson, in for Boozer, scores on a rebound to get the Bulls to 17-15 with 1:34 to play.



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