CHICAGO (AP) -- Welcome to the Eastern Conference semifinals, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.
All but absent the first two games, the big men for Miami and Chicago asserted themselves in a big way in Game 3 on Friday night.
Bosh scored 20 points and hauled in 19 rebounds to help the Heat beat the Bulls 104-94 victory. Boozer wasn't bad, either, with 21 points for Chicago, but it was Miami coming away with a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Monday at the United Center.
A big reason the Heat won on Friday was Bosh stepping up on a night when the other "Big Three" struggled. LeBron James was off target for most of the game before coming on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points and Dwyane Wade was a nonfactor.
Bosh, however, got going early on. He knocked down shots from the baseline and top of the key. He hit a 3-pointer, too. But he was also active on the glass, finishing one rebound shy of the Heat's postseason record. It was the sort of performance Miami envisioned see...