LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the host Chicago Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Norris Cole scored 18, and the Heat pulled out a tight win after blasting the Bulls, 115-78, on Wednesday.
The Bulls hung in right until the end, but the Heat simply had too much fire.
James hit just 6 of 17 shots and even got blocked on a layup by Nate Robinson in the third quarter. But the four-time MVP came through down the stretch, scoring 12 in the fourth.
Spurs 102, Warriors 92 — Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio quieted hot-shooting Golden State in Oakland, Calif., to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Parker added five assists and five boards to help the Spurs wrestle back home-court advantage from the Warriors after withstanding a brief fourth-quarter rally.
San Antonio outshot Golden State 50.6 to 39.3 percent and curbed shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the first time in the series.
Thompson scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Curry had 16 points on 5 of 17 from the floor.
Seattle ups Kings bid
If this is Chris Hansen’s final salvo in his attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings, it’s coming with an additional $75 million price tag to what already could be the richest franchise sale in NBA history.
Hansen increased his total valuation of the Kings to $625 million in another attempt to sway NBA owners to allow him to buy the franchise and move it to Seattle.
Hansen also announced on his website that he has guaranteed owners that the franchise would pay into the league’s revenue-sharing system in Seattle and not collect money as it has in Sacramento.
Hansen has had a deal since January to buy a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings from the Maloof family. He originally offered a total valuation of $525 million, then increased that offer to $550 million after a competing Sacramento group matched his deal. He hoped to move the team to Seattle and rename it the Sonics.
The NBA’s relocation committee voted, 7-0, last week to recommend that the NBA Board of Governors — which consists of all 30 owners — reject the Seattle move.
The board is expected to vote at its Wednesday meeting in Dallas.
Sixers get their man
Philadelphia hired former Rockets assistant general manager Sam Hinkie as team president and general manager, a person familiar with the decision said.
Tony DiLeo is out after one full season as Sixers GM. He was with the organization for 22 years, and was widely credited — and now blamed — for orchestrating the deal for center Andrew Bynum.
Game over for Roy
Brandon Roy was released by the Timberwolves, which could mark the end of an All-Star career that was marred by knee problems. The 28-year-old signed a two-year deal with Minnesota worth more than $10 million, but the second season of the contract wasn’t guaranteed. Roy played in five games this season.