MIAMI - Chicago is one win away from sending the defending NBA champions home for the summer - in stunning style.
Ben Gordon scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulls used a 15-2 fourth-quarter run to seize control of a 104-96 victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series last night.
Chicago leads the series by three games to none - a cushion no team has ever wasted in NBA history - and will go for the sweep in Miami tomorrow afternoon.
The Heat trailed by nine points with 2 minutes, 33 seconds left and got within 99-96 on a jumper by Dwyane Wade with 1:25 left, but got no closer.
Wade scored 28 points, and Shaquille O'Neal added 23 points and 13 rebounds for Miami.
Nets 102, Raptors 89
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd had a playoff career-high 19 assists in his 10th postseason triple-double, Vince Carter scored 37 points, and New Jersey beat Toronto to take a two-games-to-one lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
One day after missing practice because of a bruised left knee, Kidd was back in the starting lineup and added 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Kidd snapped a tie with Wilt Chamberlain and moved into one with Larry Bird for second on the career postseason triple-doubles list. He is still 20 behind Magic Johnson.
Camby wins defense award. Now that Marcus Camby is the NBA's defensive player of the year, he's looking ahead.
The Denver Nuggets' 33-year-old center said that while he cherishes winning the award for the first time in his 11-year pro career, he'd much rather be celebrating a championship in a couple of months.
Camby averaged a league-best 3.3 blocks to go with 11.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He received 70 first-place votes and 431 points from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen was second with 206 points, while Spurs teammate Tim Duncan had 158 points and finished third.
Jackson fined $50,000. Golden State's Stephen Jackson was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his conduct after being ejected late in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Jackson left the court in a contentious, roundabout manner after getting his second technical foul.
Thursday's late game
Lakers 95, Suns 89
LOS ANGELES - After falling behind by 17 points in the first quarter and drawing boos from the home crowd, Los Angeles battled back and beat Phoenix to cut the Suns' lead to two games to one in the first-round playoff series.
Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter, and had six rebounds and six assists.