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Heat shove back vs. Bulls in Game 3

Physical, emotional series sees Miami take a 2-1 advantage.



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"I mean you saw the play," Mohammed said, laughing.

Thibodeau came right out and said James did just that.

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Heat 104, Bulls 94

FG FT Reb

Miami Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

James 44:25 6-17 11-11 0-8 7 0 25

Haslem 17:17 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4

Bosh 42:08 8-16 3-4 5-19 4 3 20

Chalmers 23:33 3-6 3-3 0-1 3 2 9

Wade 35:33 5-7 0-0 1-4 5 3 10

Battier 19:02 2-5 3-4 0-0 0 6 9

Allen 22:45 1-6 2-3 0-1 0 0 4

Cole 24:27 6-7 3-3 0-2 1 2 18

Andersn 10:50 2-3 1-2 3-4 0 4 5

Totals 240:00 35-70 26-30 9-39 21 20 104

Percentages: FG .500, FT .867. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Cole 3-3, James 2-4, Battier 2-5, Bosh 1-2, Chalmers 0-1, Allen 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 12 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Andersen 2, Bosh 2). Turnovers: 12 (Wade 4, Chalmers 3, Bosh 2, Andersen, Haslem, James). Steals: 4 (James 2, Bosh, Haslem). Technical Fouls: James, 9:29 second.

FG FT Reb

Chicago Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Butler 48:00 6-12 3-3 0-5 3 5 17

Boozer 28:52 10-16 1-2 1-4 0 4 21

Noah 42:22 6-12 3-5 7-11 4 6 15

Robinsn 42:06 5-13 6-8 1-6 7 3 17

Belinelli 43:03 5-13 2-4 0-3 6 6 16

Gibson 22:15 2-9 2-3 2-5 0 3 6

Teague 10:51 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 2

Mohmmd 2:31 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Totals 240:00 35-77 17-25 11-37 21 30 94

Percentages: FG .455, FT .680. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Belinelli 4-9, Butler 2-3, Robinson 1-7, Boozer 0-1, Gibson 0-1, Teague 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 11 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Noah 2, Gibson, Robinson). Turnovers: 11 (Belinelli 3, Boozer 3, Robinson 3, Butler 2). Steals: 7 (Butler 3, Noah 2, Robinson 2). Technical Fouls: Noah, 0:23.5 first Mohammed, 9:29 second.

Ejections: Mohammed, 9:29 second.

Miami 25 27 18 34 — 104

Chicago 25 25 20 24 — 94

Attendance » 22,675

Time » 2:41.

Officials » Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, David Guthrie.

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"From my angle, I just saw a guy basically, flop," Thibodeau said. "And I’m going to leave it at that."

James sat there for a few moments before his teammates helped him up and opted not to retaliate.

"I’m here to play basketball," he said.

For the Bulls, the ejection forced an already short-handed team to get by without another player.

"That’s the way our league is now," Robinson said. "It’s not like back in the day when Isiah Thomas and guys damn near had fights back in the day and nobody use to get kicked out. But you’ve got to play through it."

All that overshadowed the fact that the Bulls were hanging with the Heat and were down just 52-50 at halftime after taking that ridiculous beating in Game 2.

Chicago got Boozer involved in the early going and he responded with 14 points in the first half after averaging just seven in the first two games of the series. Belinelli had 12, hitting three 3-pointers. But like Boozer, he also picked up three fouls.

Bosh also asserted himself for Miami with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the half, and Cole scored 11 in the first two quarters.


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"We knew that being at home the Bulls were going to be a little more aggressive," Bosh said. "Probably a little bit more passionate and a little bit more intense. Those were storms we were going to have to weather."



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