James, Heat beat Bulls 88-65 for 3-1 series lead

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:23am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:28am


LeBron James scored 27 points as the Miami Heat nearly matched a club record for points conceded in a playoff game, dominating the listless and short-handed Chicago Bulls 88-65 on Monday to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Bulls’ 65 points were just two more than the all-time postseason low for a Miami opponent, and it was easily the worst offensive performance by a Chicago team.

Never before had the Bulls scored fewer than 69 in a playoff game or 10 in a quarter during the postseason, but both those marks fell on a night when they were dominated on both ends of the floor.

Miami led by 11 at the half and put this one away in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 17-9 in the period.

The defending champion Heat will try to wrap up the series at home Wednesday.