Updated: May 23, 2011, 12:46 AM ET
LeBron James 6-13 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 10 AST | 22 PTS | +17
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James didn't look for his shot much in Game 3, but his impact on every other area of the game was undeniable. Most of his 10 assists led to wide-open shots, and he dove for loose balls and pulled down some tough rebounds. His defense was an absolute masterwork -- James managed to make a number of out-of-nowhere blocks and steals while locking down Luol Deng.

Dwyane Wade 6-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +12
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Some failed forays to the rim early took Wade out of his offensive game to some degree, but that didn't keep him from playing with 100 percent effort on both ends of the floor. Wade's baskets were timely, he was the Heat's leading rebounder, and his work as part of the Heat's containment effort on Derrick Rose was exemplary.

Chris Bosh 13-18 FG | 8-10 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 34 PTS | +13
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So this is why they call it a big three. Bosh had what has to be considered the best game of his career in Game 3, given the circumstances. He carried the Heat offense, making tough jumpers, driving aggressively to the rim time and time again, and providing an answer every time the Bulls attempted to close the gap.

Fast Start
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Despite the Heat's success in these playoffs, they've had an unfortunate habit of starting off slow and forcing themselves to dig out of a hole later in the game. On Sunday, the Heat wasted no time. While they didn't dominate the Bulls from the starting tip, they won the first quarter for the first time since Game 2 of the Boston series, and they rarely looked back.

Chicago Bulls
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The Bulls weren't able to overwhelm the Heat with their energy, athleticism, and rebounding the way they were able to in Game 1 and parts of Game 2, and that put them in major trouble, because the Heat simply have the kind of offensive firepower that the Bulls can only dream of. The Bulls looked completely overwhelmed and now trail by one game, but it's worth remembering the Heat were in the same position a week ago.

Grades by John Krolik

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