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Heat 115, Bulls 78

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MIAMI -- Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 115-78 on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to tie the series.

It was the largest margin of victory for the Heat in a playoff game and the largest defeat for Chicago.

Norris Cole scored 18 points and Dwyane Wade had 15 for Miami, which had six players score in double figures.

Miami outscored Chicago 56-18 in the paint and 20-2 in fast-break points while shooting 60 percent (42 of 70) while holding the Bulls to 35.5 percent shooting (27 of 76).

Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson each were ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up their second technical fouls for Chicago, which had six of the game's nine technical fouls.

Nate Robinson was held to just 11 points after scoring 27 in Game 1 for the Bulls. Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 13 points.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

The Heat led 55-41 at halftime.

Wade picked up a technical foul just 21 seconds into the game when he threw the ball at Belinelli following a hard foul.

Despite the technical, the Heat got off to a better start than in Game 1, when they started 6-for-22 from the field.

An alley-oop from Wade to James followed by a 3-pointer by Mario Chalmers gave Miami a 17-15 lead. Then James stole a pass along the baseline and took the ball the length of the court for a monster left-handed dunk that brought the Heat faithful to their feet.

Jimmy Butler hit a 3 to end the Heat run at 9-0, but Butler was no match defensively for James, who scored 12 points in the opening quarter, making all six of his shots.

James and Noah picked up a double technical for an altercation at the end of the first. On the ensuing inbounds play, Noah threw an errant pass, giving the ball back to the Heat, and James spun by him in the closing seconds to give the Heat a 25-20 lead after one.

The intensity continued in the second quarter during a frantic 17 seconds as Miami's Chris Andersen was called for a flagrant foul on Belinelli. Moments later Chicago's Marquis Teague was whistled for a technical. Daequan Cook was lucky to escape further penalty when he wrapped up James on a lay-up attempt during the frantic minute of action.

Miami saw a 10-point lead cut to four, but a dunk by Wade stretched the lead to 49-38.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Norris Cole put Miami up 55-41.

NOTES: Chicago's previous largest defeat was 26 points, which happened three times, with the last on May 5, 2007 by Detroit. ... Chicago PG Kirk Hinrich (left calf) missed his fourth consecutive game and is considered day-to-day, and SF Luol Deng (illness) missed his third consecutive game. "He did a little bit (Tuesday) and he is still not feeling great," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ... Rapper Rick Ross was in attendance.
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