Heat aiming for 3-1 lead in East finals over Bulls

May 23, 2011 - 10:45 AM
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Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball series in Miami, Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Heat defeated the Bulls 96-85. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat know exactly what the Chicago Bulls are thinking, since they had the same thoughts a week ago.

After losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Chicago, the Heat knew all they had to do to claim home-court advantage was simply win Game 2 — which they did. Now it's the Bulls' turn to try for a split of the two games in Miami.

The Heat took a 2-1 series lead with a 96-85 win on Sunday, behind 34 points from Chris Bosh.

Game 4 is Tuesday night. Chicago has not dropped three consecutive games at any point this season, and a win on Tuesday would give the Bulls the home-court edge in the best-of-seven series once again.