Heat star Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, along with 10 rebounds and eight assists as No. 2 seed Miami handled the No. 6 seed Philadelphia 76ers, 100-94, to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Playoffs First Round best-of-seven series.
Philly battled the Heat tough, outscoring Miami throughout most of Game 3 at the Wells Fargo Center on April 21.
Philadelphia 76ers veteran forward Elton Brand had his way in the post, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds, and young point guard Jrue Hoiliday nearly added his own double-double of 20 points and eights.
But Wade and the rest of Miami‚ starting five proved too talented for the 76ers to contain, as Heat star LeBron James also recorded a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Bosh added 19 points with six rebounds, while center Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 10 point and eight rebounds.
Miami can sweep the series in Philadelphia on Sunday April 24 at 1 p.m.
Derrick Rose Leads Bulls to 3-0 Series Lead
Meanwhile, the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls also took a 3-0 series in the Eastern Conference Playoffs First Round after edging the No. 8 seed Indiana Pacers, 88-84, in Game 3 on April 21. Bulls‚ MVP Derrick Rose shot an awful 4-of-18 from the field, but still made shots when it mattered most, including a game-clinching layup in the final minute of the game. Rose finished with 23 points, while Loul Deng scored 21.
Pacers star Danny Grainger scored 21 points in the loss.
Game 4 will tip off in Indiana on Saturday April 23 at 2:30 p.m.