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Heat edge Bulls to advance to East Finals

8:52 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat finished off the undermanned Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday despite blowing an early 18-point lead in Game 5.

Dwyane Wade shook off a knee injury and scored six of his 18 points down the stretch as the Heat held on for a 94-91 win and reached their third straight conference final.

LeBron James paced Miami with 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the defending champions took the final four games of the series after losing the opener at American Airlines Arena.

Chicago, short on bodies but not in effort, had two chances in the final seconds to tie it, but Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler both missed 3-pointers.

Robinson scored 21, Butler had 19 and Carlos Boozer finished with game-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who played the entire series without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich.

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