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NBA PLAYOFFS

by The Associated Press on May 16, 2013 3:00 PM

LeBron James scored 23 points and the Miami Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Dwyane Wade added 18 points for Miami, which ran out to a 22-4 lead, then was outscored by 29 points over the next 27 minutes. The Heat outscored the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth to wrap up the series in five games.

Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed potential tying 3-pointers on the final possession of the season for Chicago, which dropped the last four games of the series.

GRIZZLIES 88, THUNDER 84: Zach Randolph helped Memphis reach the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, finishing with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing that would have tied it with 6 seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion.

Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career. The top seed in the West, Oklahoma City went 2-6 after All-Star Russell Westbrook went out with a knee injury.

Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists for Memphis.

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