Heat Stop Bulls, Face Mavs in NBA Finals

The Miami Heat rallied from 12 points down late in the game to defeat the Chicago Bulls, 83-80, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, setting up a rematch against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade each scored eight points in an 18-3 run to end the game, and the playoff journey of Derrick Rose and the rest of the Bulls. James finished with 28 points while Wade chipped in 21 to carry the Heat to their second NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

Facing the Heat in the NBA Finals are the Mavericks, who lost to Miami in six games in the 2006 edition of the championship series despite winning the first two games. The Finals will begin on Tuesday with the Heat hosting the Mavericks in Miami. James, who moved to Miami in the offseason in a bid to win his first ring, said dispatching of the hard-fighting Bulls is not yet a cause for celebration. “There’s no sense of relief right now,” he said. “We’ve still got work to do. We’ll look at this moment tonight, have a little bit of time tomorrow to go over this moment, what we just accomplished. But we get ready for Dallas very soon. We don’t take for granted this win and take for granted being Eastern Conference champions.”