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CHICAGO — The Bulls took a 2-0 lead Monday night against the Heat … and then ran out of gas.

Pushing back from a series-opening loss, the Heat, led by LeBron James and Chris Bosh, moved to a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a stifling 88-65 rout.

Even with guard Dwyane Wade hobbling on a sore right knee, Miami had more than enough on a night when the Bulls finally wilted amid the injuries that have left their rotation decimated and their remaining players running on fumes.

While Wade had six points on 3-for-10 shooting, there was plenty from James and Bosh.

James was aggressive from the outset, closing with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Bosh, who in Friday's game had 20 points and a career-playoff-high 19 rebounds, opened Game 4 by shooting 6 of 7 and finished with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

"We worked for it," Bosh said. "I never like to say that things are easy."

Against a Bulls team again without ailing Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng, that was more than enough. Never before had the Bulls scored fewer than 69 in a playoff game nor 10 or less in a quarter during the postseason, but both those marks fell. Miami outscored Chicago 17-9 in the third. The Bulls set a franchise playoff low with 25.7 percent shooting; guard Nate Robinson was scoreless on 0-for-12 shooting.

"Go back to the drawing board and figure it out," said Robinson, just the third player in the past 26 years to miss all 12 or more shots in a playoff game.

"They're in a tough situation," James said. "They've had some injuries and illnesses and whatever's going on. They don't have their full roster, but that's not for us to worry about."

"We didn't play well. Our energy wasn't good. You just gather yourself and get some rest," Chicago's Joakim Noah said. "There's no turning back.''

Knicks ailing: Forward Kenyon Martin and guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert missed practice. Martin and Smith are ill and questionable for tonight's game at the Pacers. Shumpert (sore left knee) is expected to play. Also, forward Carmelo Anthony planned to talk to center Tyson Chandler about Chandler's comments that the Knicks are playing selfishly. Chandler never mentioned names, but it's believed he was referring to Anthony. Chandler, averaging seven points and four rebounds in the series, has been outplayed by Pacers center Roy Hibbert (14.7 points and 10.7 rebounds).

Grizzlies: Assistant Barry Hecker is no longer with the team, departing for what coach Lionel Hollins said is a "personal matter."

Defensive honors: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who last week was named the league's defensive player of the year, made the All-Defensive second team in voting by head coaches. The first team: James, Chandler, Noah, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. For the full list, see 2C.

Heat 88, Bulls 65

MIAMI (88): James 9-20 8-9 27, Haslem 3-5 0-0 6, Bosh 7-10 0-2 14, Chalmers 2-5 1-1 6, Wade 3-10 0-0 6, Battier 1-6 0-0 3, Allen 2-3 0-0 5, Andersen 2-3 5-5 9, Cole 2-4 2-4 7, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 1-1 0-0 2, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 33-68 16-21 88.

CHICAGO (65): Butler 4-10 4-4 12, Boozer 3-14 8-12 14, Noah 1-6 4-4 6, Robinson 0-12 0-0 0, Belinelli 3-8 3-3 9, Gibson 3-8 4-5 10, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2, Hamilton 4-11 1-2 11, Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Teague 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 19-74 25-32 65.

Miami 21 23 17 27— 88

Chicago 15 18 9 23— 65

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-18 (Jones 1-1, Cole 1-2, Allen 1-2, Chalmers 1-3, James 1-4, Battier 1-6), Chicago 2-17 (Hamilton 2-3, Gibson 0-1, Teague 0-1, Butler 0-2, Belinelli 0-5, Robinson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 48 (Haslem, James 7), Chicago 54 (Boozer 12). AssistsMiami 24 (James 8), Chicago 12 (Hamilton, Robinson 4). Total FoulsMiami 23, Chicago 19. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second. A21,990 (20,917).

Grizzlies 103, Thunder 97, OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (97): Durant 10-27 2-3 27, Ibaka 6-13 4-4 17, Perkins 1-5 0-0 2, Jackson 6-8 2-2 15, Sefolosha 1-4 3-4 5, Martin 6-12 5-5 18, Collison 3-5 4-4 10, Fisher 1-5 0-0 3, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-79 20-22 97.

MEMPHIS (103): Prince 3-7 2-2 8, Randolph 8-17 7-8 23, Gasol 8-18 7-9 23, Conley 7-21 6-7 24, Allen 5-9 0-0 10, Arthur 2-5 2-2 6, Dooling 0-0 0-0 0, Pondexter 0-3 0-0 0, Bayless 3-9 1-1 9. Totals 36-89 25-29 103.

Oklahoma City 29 27 20 18 3— 97

Memphis 18 30 28 18 9— 103

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 9-20 (Durant 5-7, Ibaka 1-1, Martin 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Fisher 1-4, Sefolosha 0-2), Memphis 6-17 (Conley 4-10, Bayless 2-5, Arthur 0-1, Pondexter 0-1). Fouled OutCollison. ReboundsOklahoma City 50 (Ibaka 14), Memphis 54 (Randolph 12). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Jackson 8), Memphis 18 (Prince, Conley 5). Total FoulsOklahoma City 30, Memphis 23. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second. A18,119 (18,119).

Playoffs

East semifinals

Heat (1) vs. Bulls (5)

Tonight: at Miami, 7, TNT

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

Friday: at Chicago, 8, ESPN

May 13: at Chicago, 7, TNT

May 15: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Chicago, TBA , ESPN*

May 19: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

Pacers 1, Knicks 0

Sunday: Pacers 102, Knicks 95

Tuesday: at New York, 7, TNT

Saturday: at Indiana, 8, Ch. 28

May 14: at Indiana, TBA, TNT

May 16: at New York, 8, TNT*

May 18: at Indiana, TBA, ESPN*

May 20: at New York, 8, TNT*

West semifinals

Thunder 1, Grizzlies 0

Sunday: Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91

Tuesday: at Oklahoma City, 9:30, TNT

Saturday: at Memphis, 5, ESPN

May 13: at Memphis, 9:30, TNT

May 15: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Memphis, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TBA*

Spurs (2) vs. Warriors (6)

Tonight: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Wednesday: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Golden State, 10:30, ESPN

May 12: at Golden State, 3:30, Ch. 28

May 14: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT*

May 16: at Golden State, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at San Antonio, TBA, TBA*

* — if necessary

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