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Poor shooting dooms Sixers; Heat's big stars have great nights

MIAMI -- LeBron James outscored Philadelphia's entire starting five in the first half by himself.

So did Chris Bosh.

So did Dwyane Wade.

And that pretty much tells the tale of a night the 76ers would rather forget.

No comeback required for the Miami Heat this time. They went wire-to-wire on the lead, and moved two wins from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

James scored 29 points, Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami took a 2-0 series lead with a 94-73 victory over the abysmally shooting 76ers -- who managed their second-lowest playoff scoring total in the last 56 years -- on Monday night.

"It was a really complete game for us at both ends of the floor," James said.

Showing no signs of the migraine that he battled Sunday, Wade scored 14 points for Miami, now 17-3 in its last 20 games and halfway to winning its first playoff series since the 2006 NBA finals.

"I'm feeling a lot better," said Wade, who wasn't able to eat Sunday and was very low-energy at times before Monday's game. "I lost a lot of weight tonight but I think I did my job, to come out there and help my team get a win."


Bulls win again

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls pulled out another dramatic victory over Indiana, beating the Pacers, 96-90, on Monday night in Game Two of their first-round playoff series.

Rose scored eight points over the final 4 minutes. Kyle Korver nailed another big three-pointer to make it 90-85 with just over a minute left after hitting the tiebreaker in the opener.

A.J. Price hit three free throws with 23.4 seconds left after being fouled by Rose to cut the lead to 90-88. Luol Deng quickly answered with two of his own to make it a four-point game. They hung on to go up, 2-0.


Today's games

*Chauncey Billips of the Knicks is expected to miss tonight's Game Two of his team's series with the Celtics (7 p.m., TNT). He has a left leg injury, suffered in Sunday's loss.

*Dwight Howard of the Magic won his third straight NBA defensive player of the year award Monday. Orlando faces Atlanta tonight.

*The Mavericks took the opener over Portland in their first-round series. Dallas hopes its defense will remain sharp for tonight's Game Two (9:30, TNT).

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