The Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
CHICAGO — So much for South Beach style. The Miami Heat showed again they can get down and dirty.
LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Shaking off a shove to the court that earned Nazr Mohammed an ejection and James an accusation of flopping from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the four-time MVP came through down the stretch, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter.
Norris Cole matched his postseason career high with his second straight 18-point performance, and the Heat pulled out a tight win after blasting the Bulls 115-78 on Wednesday.
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“You can’t win a championship being pretty and shiny,” Bosh said. “You’re going to have to get dirty. You’re going to have to play physical. You’re going to have to dive on the floor. You’re going to have to do things that are extremely tough.”
Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 21 points. Nate Robinson, the former Huskies star from Rainier Beach High School, and Jimmy Butler each scored 17.
Game 4 is Monday in Chicago.
Spurs top Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. — Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Parker added five assists and five boards to help the Spurs wrestle back home-court advantage from the Warriors after withstanding a fourth-quarter rally.
San Antonio outshot Golden State 50.6 to 39.3 percent and curbed streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the first time in the series. Thompson, the former Cougars star, scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Curry had 16 points on 5 of 17 from the floor.
“We made shots and they didn’t have as good a night shooting the ball,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Sometimes it’s as simple as that.”
Game 4 is Sunday in Oakland.
Wolves waive Roy
MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy gave it everything he had to try to resurrect a playing career derailed by chronic knee problems.
The former Huskies star from Garfield High School had platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knees last summer to get himself in position to sign a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But more knee issues limited him to five games this season and the Timberwolves waived the former All-Star on Friday.
• The NBA fined Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for an outburst at a referee in Game 2 of the Miami series.
• New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was fined $5,000 for a flop during Game 1 of their playoff series against Indiana.
• A federal judge in California ruled an auction house cannot sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of Kobe Bryant memorabilia offered by the NBA star’s mother while courts sort out where the case should be decided.
• The Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie as president and general manager, AP reported.
• The New Orleans Pelicans said guard Eric Gordon has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.