LeBron James led the Miami Heat to a 83-72 home win over the Chicago Bulls, keeping his team’s hopes of catching the Bulls for the top seed in the Eastern Conference alive.
LeBron poured in 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help move Miami to within one game of the Bulls in the loss column. The Bulls still are one game up on the Heat in the loss column, and can clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference simply by winning their last three games. That now is their focus says Chicago’s Richard Hamilton. “Just take one game at a time,” said Hamilton after the loss in Miami. “We have Dallas coming up and we have to figure out a way to win that game.”
If the two teams finish tied in the standings the tiebreaker will likely go to Miami, but LeBron says seeding is not his main concern. “I say this a lot,” explained LeBron. “I had the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs in Cleveland once. We didn’t win the finals. So I think it’s more about how you’re playing than anything else.”
As for the 11-point win that even the regular season series at 2-2, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t putting too much into it. “Typical Eastern Conference basketball game in late April,” said Spoelstra. “Everybody who was out there obviously was competing.”