NBA - LeBron helps Heat tame Bulls; Spurs win at Warriors

The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs reclaimed home advantage with Game Three wins in the NBA playoffs on Friday night.

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Miami Heat forward LeBron James (R) celebrates with teammate Norris Cole (L) after Cole made a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals basketball playoff series in Chicago Reuters

Heat 104, Bulls 94

LeBron James scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh had 20 points and 19 rebounds as visiting Miami downed Chicago to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Reserve Norris Cole chipped in with 18 points on six-of-seven shooting for the Heat, who again defeated a Chicago team missing starters Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. Game 4 is Monday in Chicago.

Carlos Boozer scored 21 points and Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson tallied 17 apiece for the Bulls in what was another physical game. Chicago's Nazr Mohammed was ejected with 9:29 left in the first half after shoving James to the floor.

Miami was nursing an 85-83 lead prior to Cole's surge-starting basket with 4:01 to play.

Chicago was within four after Marco Belinelli's three-pointer with three minutes left but James and Cole hit three-pointers and James converted a key three-point play as the Heat took a 99-90 lead with 1:23 to go and cruised to the finish.

Chicago had a 37-30 lead with 8:03 left in the first half but Miami rallied for a 52-50 edge at the break. The contest was tied at 70-70 entering the final 12 minutes.

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Spurs 102, Warriors 92

Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in the first half to help San Antonio slide past host Golden State and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series.

Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs. Game Four is on Sunday in Oakland.

Klay Thompson scored 17 points to lead the Warriors. Stephen Curry added 16 points and eight assists and Andrew Bogut had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Warriors trailed 79-78 with 10:06 to play before San Antonio got back-to-back three-pointers from Danny Green and Parker.

Golden State made another push to get within five on a basket by Harrison Barnes with 2:47 remaining but Manu Ginobili hit a jumper 50 seconds later and the Spurs sewed up the game with five free throws over the final 34 seconds.

Golden State recovered from a nine-point halftime deficit to tie the score at 65 on Curry's three-pointer with 6:20 left in the third quarter, but Ginobili scored eight points during an 11-0 run that gave the Spurs a 76-65 edge en route to taking a 10-point lead into the final stanza.

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