Miami is headed back to the Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18, and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the visiting Chicago Bulls, 94-91, on Wednesday night and close out their second-round series in five games.
Chris Bosh scored 12 points and Udonis Haslem added 10 for Miami, which ran out to a 22-4 lead, then was outscored by a whopping 29 points over the next 27 minutes before recovering. The Heat outscored the Bulls, 25-14, in the fourth.
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 three-pointers on the final possession of the season for Chicago, which dropped the last four games of the series.
Owners reject Seattle. NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle.
The 22-8 vote followed a recommendation made last month by the NBA's relocation committee and may have finally brought an end to an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years.
A group led by investor Chris Hansen had a $625 million deal to buy the team. Hansen hoped to move the franchise to Seattle and rename it the SuperSonics. The first Sonics, owned by Clay Bennett, were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and renamed the Thunder.
Commissioner David Stern said the league will talk to the Maloof family, the team's owners, about working out a $550 million deal with a competing ownership group in Sacramento led by TIBCO software chairman Vivek Ranadive.
"The big winner here was Sacramento," Stern said.
Following the April 29 unanimous recommendation by the relocation committee - coincidentally headed by Bennett - to deny the move to Seattle, Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer raised the valuation of the Kings to $625 million and also guaranteed owners that the franchise would pay into the league's revenue-sharing system in Seattle and not collect money as it has in Sacramento.
As a backup, the Seattle group negotiated a plan to buy a minority stake in the Kings with the Maloofs.
- Staff and wire reports