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Miami Heat Trample Bulls 88-65, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Miami pushes Chicago to the brink of elimination behind stout defense, 27 points from LeBron James



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    LeBron James scored 27 points en route to a blowout win for the Heat.

    The Miami Heat are one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals, taking Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Bulls 88-65.

    LeBron James scored 27 points, adding 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Chris Bosh scored 14 points with 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.

    "We worked for it," Bosh said. "I never like to say that things are easy."

    The Bulls were a mess on offense, shooting a dismal 25.7 percent, including a paltry 2 of 17 from 3-point range. Nate Robinson, the hero of Chicago's Game 1 win, missed all 12 shot attempts he took.

    Chicago's 65 points were the team's lowest playoff point total ever. Their shooting percentage also set a franchise playoff low. The Bulls had more turnovers (17) than assists (12).

    Miami took control with a 17-9 fourth quarter that extended the Heat's lead to 19 points. The Bulls had never scored less than 10 points in a quarter during a playoff game.

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    The Heat got a scare in the second quarter when Dwyane Wade left the game clutching his right knee. He bumped knees with Jimmy Butler on a shot attempt, raising worries that he had re-aggravated the bone bruises that sidelined him late in the regular season.

    Wade returned later in the second quarter after getting his knee re-taped, but struggled throughout. He finished with six points on 3 of 10 shooting.

    "It's frustrating at times, but you just try to do what you can," Wade said.

    The Bulls were again without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, neither of whom dressed for the game. Carlos Boozer scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, but shot just 3 of 14 from the field.

    "They're in a tough situation," James said. "They've had some injuries and illnesses and whatever's going on. They don't have their full roster, but that's not for us to worry about. They beat a very good Brooklyn team (in the first round) without their full roster."

    Holding a 3-1 series lead, the Heat will travel home to Miami, where they will host Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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