Miami Heat claim NBA playoff series lead with win at Chicago Bulls

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Miami Heat 104-94 Chicago Bulls

Heat lead best-of-seven series 2-1

In a fluctuating NBA playoff Game Three the Miami Heat only finally pulled away from the walking wounded of Chicago in the final two minutes.

LeBron James' 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and Chris Bosh's 20 points and 19 rebounds led the Heat to a 104-94 victory on Friday to take a 2-1 lead over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

After the Game Two blowout loss Chicago refused to quit but the roster is looking thinner by the game.

Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose are still sidelined with injuries. Also missing is the ailing Luol Deng, who has lost about 15 pounds in his battle back from the effects of flu and a spinal tap to detect spinal meningitis.

To add to Chicago's shortcomings, Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the second quarter for shoving James to the floor.

Miami's bench outscored Chicago's 36-8.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 21 points, Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler each scored 17 and Joakim Noah added 15 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn't enough this time.

Game Four will be in Chicago on Monday.

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