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Heat rout Bulls 115-78, tie series at 1-1

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Houston, May 9 (EFE).- The Miami Heat erased all doubts about their ability to match up against the Chicago Bulls, dominating in all aspects of the game in a 115-78 win that tied that Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

Two days after the Bulls seized home-court advantage with a 93-86 upset, the Heat restored order with a clinical dismantling of their opponent Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena.

Veteran shooting guard Ray Allen rained in jumpers the tune of 21 points to lead six Heat players in double figures, while superstar forward LeBron James scored 19 points and dished out nine assists in just over 32 minutes of action.

The statistics told the story as the Heat, which outscored the Bulls in every quarter, shot a blistering 60 percent from the field while holding Chicago to just 35 percent shooting.

The defending champion Heat came out with a vengeance after losing their second big game against the Bulls in the past six weeks.

Late in the regular season, the Bulls snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak with a bruising 101-97 victory at the United Center.

Since James and Chris Bosh joined the Heat to form a "big three" with Dwyane Wade prior to the 2010-2011 season, the Bulls have won several other physical games in their rivalry, although Miami defeated Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals in 2011.

On Wednesday night, the Bulls were so thoroughly trounced that their leading scorer, Marco Belinelli, managed just 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Chicago will try to get back on track on Friday night when it hosts Miami at the United Center.

In one other playoff game Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors tied their Western Conference semifinal series with the San Antonio Spurs at 1-1 with a 100-91 victory at the AT&T Center.

In Game 1 on Monday night, the Warriors blew a 16-point lead with just four minutes to go, one of the biggest collapses in NBA playoff history.

This time, however, the Warriors, who built a 20-point lead in the third quarter, held their ground in the fourth quarter to keep the Spurs from getting any closer than eight points.

Golden State was led by guard Klay Thompson, who scored 34 points thanks in large part to 8-of-9 shooting from behind the 3-point line.

The series now shifts to Oakland on Friday night.

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