Heat fight off Bulls, take series lead

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    Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - LeBron James was shoved to the floor by seldom-used center Nazr Mohammed early in the second quarter which nearly caused a huge fracas after an already testy Game 2.

    James, though, had the last laugh.

    LeBron James netted 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, while Chris Bosh tallied 20 points and a playoff career-high 19 rebounds in the Miami Heat's 104-94 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal.

    The contest was tied 70-70 after three quarters of play, but Miami outscored Chicago 34-24 in the fourth to earn the victory and a 2-1 series edge.

    Game 4 is Monday at the United Center.

    James was just 6-of-17 from the floor, but hit all 11 of his free throws. He added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who shot 50 percent (35- of-70) from the floor.

    Norris Cole had 18 points off the bench in the triumph.

    Carlos Boozer had 21 points, Joakim Noah recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler registered 17 points apiece for the Bulls, who held a 44-28 points in the paint and 14-4 second-chance points edge.

    Forward Luol Deng and guard Kirk Hinrich were again unable to play for Chicago.

    Deng underwent a spinal tap last week to rule out meningitis and has been slow to recover. He had complications from the procedure and tried to take part in Thursday's shoot-around. The 28-year-old Deng missed the first two games in Miami and sat out Games 6 and 7 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Hinrich hasn't played since Game 4 of the first round against the Nets because of a calf injury.

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