LeBron single-handedly closes out Game 2

Miami Heat forwards LeBron James (L) and Mike Miller celebrate after a score during the fourth quarter of game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on May 18, 2011. The Heat won 85-75 to even the best of seven series 1-1. UPI/Brian Kersey

The game was tied 73-73 with 4:28 to play when LeBron James hit a three-pointer. He followed it up with a 14-foot jumper to give the Heat a five-point lead. After a Taj Gibson inside shot and two free throws from Dwyane Wade, LeBron scored on a putback and then hit a 20-footer to give Miami a nine-point lead with 0:47 to play, effectively pounding the final nail in the coffin.

LeBron posted 29 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Wade added 24 points and nine rebounds in the defensive slugfest. Derrick Rose had an off night, hitting just 7-of-23 shots for 21 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. What’s lost in all the talk about Chicago’s defense is that Miami’s defense is almost as good. They were terrific tonight in containing Rose and limiting the Bulls to just 34% shooting from the field. Chicago went a dreadful 3-for-20 from three-point range and made just 16-of-26 free throws.

And just like that, the Heat have regained control of the series, which moves to Miami on Sunday.

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