The Miami Heat did exactly what was expected of them in Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls—they won, booking their place in the Eastern Conference Finals.
What wasn't as expected, however, was the closeness of the game. The Bulls led by as many as 10 heading into the final quarter, and were it not for the incredible fourth-quarter performances from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Heat may well have ended the night empty-handed.
James was the top scorer for the No. 1 seed with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while Wade chimed in with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Chicago was led by Carlos Boozer, whose huge double-double (26 points, 14 rebounds) was not enough to keep the Bulls' playoff hopes alive for another game.
Miami will now take some time off and await the winner of the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks series. Game 5 in that series is scheduled in New York on Thursday, with the Pacers currently leading the series 3-1.
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