James leads Heat past Bulls for 1-1 tie

May 18, 2011 - 10:30 PM
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James wipes his face during the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James came up big down the stretch and scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 24 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 85-75 Wednesday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.

The Heat can breathe a little easier after escaping with a win and stealing home-court advantage. Coming off a lopsided loss in Game 1, they recovered down the stretch after blowing an 11-point lead to pull even in the series.

James shook off a brutal opener and scored nine points over the final 4:27, starting with a 3-pointer that put Miami ahead for good, 76-73. He also had 10 rebounds, and Miami outrebounded the Bulls 45-41 after getting pounded 45-33 on the glass in the opener.