So much for that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble.
Sure, they've lost home-court advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again.
Ray Allen scored 21 points in only 19 minutes, LeBron James finished with 19 points and nine assists, and the Heat led by as many as 46 points on the way to a 115-78 victory in Miami in Game 2 of their series, now knotted at one game apiece.
It was the largest margin of victory in Heat postseason history, topping a 35-point win over Orlando on April 24, 1997.
Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected in the fourth quarter for Chicago, and the league will almost certainly review some of the things said and done in a game that was close for the first 20 minutes before turning into an embarrassment for the Bulls and an embarrassment of riches for the Heat. The Bulls were called for six player technicals, the most by any team in a playoff game since the Celtics had that many against the Pacers in 2005.
The Heat had three technicals assessed, a season-high for them.
Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.
Norris Cole scored 18 points for Miami, which got 15 from Dwyane Wade and 13 from Chris Bosh. The Heat led, 42-38, with 3:42 left in the first half, before going on an absurd 62-20 run.
It was that one-sided. Miami shot 60 percent to Chicago’s 36, outrebounded the Bulls, 41-28, and enjoyed a huge 28-7 edge in points off turnovers.
The only stat that Chicago dominated: Technicals, where the Bulls outpaced Miami, 6-3.
For much of the first half, it was everything one would expect from a Bulls-Heat game, especially after Chicago took Game 1 on Monday night. It was physical — Udonis Haslem sent Nate Robinson flying on the game’s first possession, and Marco Belinelli hammered Wade on the ensuing Miami trip, one that ended with Wade getting the first of the game’s nine technical fouls for throwing the ball into the Bulls’ guard.
Warriors 100, Spurs 91 — Klay Thompson scored 34 points, Stephen Curry added 22 and visiting Golden State withstood another furious rally by San Antonio to even the series at one game apiece and snap a 30-game skid in the Alamo City.
Thompson, who scored 29 points in the first half, added 14 rebounds for Golden State, which had not won in San Antonio since Feb. 14, 1997. Harrison Barnes had 13 points, Carl Landry added 10, and Andrew Bogut had 6 points and 11 rebounds.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and Tony Parker added 20 for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 12 points and Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio.