MIAMI - For the second time in three games, Chris Bosh had a monster night against the Chicago Bulls.
Unlike the first, this one paid off with a win, and the Miami Heat are two victories from their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2006.
Bosh scored 34 points, LeBron James finished with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Heat remained unbeaten at home in the postseason by beating the Bulls, 96-85, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night.
Dwyane Wade added 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which is now 7-0 at home and handed the team that finished with the NBA's best record its first losing streak since Feb. 5-7. Udonis Haslem sealed it with a jumper with 1 minute, 29 seconds left, putting Miami up, 93-84.
Bosh scored 30 points in Game 1 against Chicago, but Miami was embarrassed 103-82. The Heat haven't lost since, and trailed for only 3:22 in Game 3.
"I just wanted to be aggressive and just have some kind of imprint on this series," said Bosh, who is in the conference final round for the first time. "I had an aggressive Game 1; Game 2 was so-so, but we still won. But out here on the home floor, I just wanted to be aggressive and it turned out to be a good game."
It was a really good game - five points shy of Bosh's postseason career best.
Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which had won the first four meetings of the season with Miami.
Derrick Rose finished with 20 points but struggled from the field once again, making only 8 of his 19 shots. Taj Gibson had 11 points off the Chicago bench.
Bosh was 5 for 5 in the second quarter on his way to a game-high 16 points by halftime. Boozer missed only one of his five shots in the second period, after going 0 for 5 to begin the game.
For the last two NBA MVPs, everything was a battle.
Rose finished the first half with no assists, just the 11th time in his career that's happened. He did have 11 points by intermission, when Miami led, 43-40. James, who was the MVP in 2009 and 2010 before Rose took the trophy this season, was only 3 for 8 in the first three quarters.
Dirk Nowitzki shrugged off a rough start and made a few key jumpers in the fourth quarter, helping the visiting Dallas Mavericks hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 93-87 victory Saturday night and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The big German had missed 10 of his first 14 shots, but Dallas kept going to him.
"He's our guy. In the fourth quarters, he's going to touch the ball as frequently as we can get it to him," coach Rick Carlisle said.