The Miami Heat shoved away the Chicago Bulls in an amazing 83-80 victory at the United Center, on Thursday night winning the Eastern Conference finals 4-2 storming back from 12 point shortfall with a stunning 16-2.
The Heat hushed the crowd completely expecting a Game 6 on Saturday night in Miami with Dwyne Wade defeating a trembling start with a late four-point play and LeBron James adding a game-tying 3 pointer.
James closed with 28 points, with Wade, who tied the franchise record with nine turnovers, adding 21. Forward Chris Bosh scored 20 points for the Heat.
Missing a key late free throw for the Bulls, Guard Derrick Rose led Chicago with 25 points with forward Luol Deng adding 18.
Forward Ronnie Brewer gave out a 3-pointer by reserve at the shot-clock buzzer with 3:53 left, that pushed Chicago to a 76-64 lead.
Wader converted a 3-pointer with 1:30 to play and converted the resulting free throw when fouled on the play to draw the Heat in 79-76.
With 61 seconds to play, Rose afterward overlooked on a drive and James buried a 3-pointer to draw the Heat into a 79-79 tie.
A Rose turnover after that placed the Heat in possession, with James next with a 20-foot jumper to place the Heat up 81-79 with 29.5 seconds to play.
James afterwards fouled Rose with 26.7 seconds to play, with the Bulls guard creating only the first of his two free throws, leaving the Heat up 81-80 with 25 seconds to play.
With Heat who led with 83-80, Bosh afterwards stepped to the line and converted a couple of free throws with 16.8 seconds left.
The heat blocked a Rose 3-point effort just prior to the final buzzer in full 3 point denial defense.
The Heat went into the fourth quarter down 62-57 with Wade off his game and with the game turning testy.