Chris Bosh knocked down a game high 34 points while LeBron James recorded a double-double with 22 points as the Miami Heat topped the Chicago Bulls Sunday night at American Airlines Arena 96-85. The victory for Miami gives them a 2-1 advantage in the best of seven games Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat shot 50.7% (34-67) from the floor for the contest. Carlos Boozer racked up a double-double with 26 points while Derrick Rose added 20 points in the loss for Chicago who fell to their second straight defeat in the series.
Both teams came out of the gates looking offensively challenged as neither club would have an easy time putting the ball in the basket. Joel Anthony split a pair at the charity stripe with a second left in the first and the Heat ended the period with the upper hand withe the score 18-15. The scoring would improve during the second as the two teams recovered their shooting touch. The margin would remain the same as the game reached the half with Miami leading 43-40.
Miami would start to pull away late in the third as Dwyane Wade hit a mid-range shot with 3:16 on the clock putting his team ahead 62-55. The Bulls would make a run down the stretch and heading into the period it was once again a three point contest with the Heat holding the edge at 68-65. Miami would pull ahead early in the fourth and this time Chicago did not respond and the Heat would go on to win the game and take their first lead in the series.
Bosh scored 34 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and an assist for the night. James put up 22 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals while Wade chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Boozer knocked down 26 points, grabbed 17 boards, 2 blocks and 1 assist while Wade scored 20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Luol Deng had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal while Taj Gibson came off the bench with 11 points and had 3 rebounds. The two teams will meet again in Miami for game four of the match-up