Monday, May 23, 2011
Bosh's midrange game powers Heat
By ESPN Stats & Info
Chris Bosh rose to the occasion on Sunday, helping the Miami Heat take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bosh scored a game-high 34 points on 13 of 18 shooting from the field. It was the second-highest scoring game of his playoff career and second 30-point game this series.
Bosh had done most of his scoring from close proximity in Games 1 and 2, but found balance in Game 3.
Of his 40 points the first two games, 26 came on makes from inside 10 feet.
In Game 3, his jumper helped him pick up more points from 10 feet and beyond (14) than from inside 10 feet (12).
Meanwhile, LeBron James scored 22 points and 10 assists, his 12th career playoff game with 20 points and 10 assists (his teams are 10-2 in those games).
James handled the ball more often in Game 3, but was more of a facilitator compared to the first two games.
James had a touch on 67.5 percent of the possessions in Games 1 and 2 when he was on the court and attempted a field goal on 32.1 percent of those possessions. That translated into 11 assists that led to 24 Heat points.
In Game 3, James had a touch on 75.3 percent of the possessions he was on the court, but attempted a field goal on 20.3 percent of those possessions. James’ 10 assists Sunday led to 21 Heat points.
As a team, Miami shot 50.7 percent from the field, just the second time this postseason Chicago has allowed its opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
Including the postseason, the Bulls have allowed their opponents to shoot at least 50 percent in a game 12 times this season. In those games, they are 2-10 (0-2 in the postseason).
The Bulls lost despite outrebounding the Heat 41-32. It's the first meeting this season in which the team with more rebounds lost the game.
It's the first time the Bulls have lost two straight games since February 5-7. The Bulls have not lost three straight games this season.
Carlos Boozer scored 26 points with 17 rebounds. He's the fourth Bulls player with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game since 1991.
But Boozer's teams are now 1-3 when he scores at least 25 with at least 15 rebounds in a playoff game.
In the history of the NBA playoffs, when the home team has won Game 3 of a best-of-seven series that was tied at 1-1, it has gone on to win the series 70 percent of the time.