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CHICAGO (AP) — Right from the start, LeBron James made it clear he was going to attack and no one was going to stop him.
James came up big down the stretch with nine of his 29 points in the final 4:27, Dwyane Wade added 24 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 85-75 Wednesday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.
“It was a big game,” James said. “We felt like it was a must win for us going back home.”
The Heat can breathe a little easier after escaping with a win and stealing home-court advantage. Coming off a lopsided loss in Game 1, they recovered in crunch time — thanks in large part to James — after blowing an 11-point lead.
James shook off a brutal opener and took over late in the fourth, starting with a 3-pointer that put Miami ahead for good at 76-73. He also had 10 rebounds despite a head cold, and Miami outrebounded the Bulls 45-41 after getting pounded 45-33 on the glass in the opener.
“That fourth quarter is going to epitomize this entire series,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s an absolute street fight for both teams.”
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