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Heat bears down on Bulls

AMERICAN BASKETBALL Dwyane Wade battled past an injury to lead Miami to a win and a 3-2 edge over Chicago in the round-one conference playoff series

AP , MIAMI, FLORIDA

Dwyane Wade, center, of the Heat, attempts a shot as the Bulls' Andres Nocioni, left, and Tyson Chandler defend during the fourth quarter in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday. Wade had 28 points as Miami defeated Chicago 92-78.

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Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, 15 after returning from Miami's training room, and the Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 92-78 on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Antoine Walker scored 17 points and Shaquille O'Neal, playing one day after he became a father for the sixth time, added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who can close the series out in Chicago when Game 6 is played tonight.

Otherwise, it's back to Miami for a winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday.

Andres Nocioni had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who managed to shoot only 35 percent. Michael Sweetney had 16 points and Ben Gordon added 10 for Chicago -- on 3-for-16 shooting, only slightly worse than backcourt mate Kirk Hinrich's 3-for-13 effort.

Nets 92, Pacers 86

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Vince Carter had 34 points, 15 rebounds and a game-clinching dunk with 28 seconds to play as the Nets took a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round series.

Richard Jefferson added 24 points and Jason Kidd set a team-postseason record with 15 assists as New Jersey won its second straight game in the series.

Game 6 will be played in Indianapolis on Thursday. If a deciding Game 7 is necessary, it will be played here on Saturday.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points and Anthony Johnson 14 for the Pacers, who had five players score in double figures. Indiana was without starters Peja Stojakovic (knee) and Jeff Foster (back).

Spurs 109, Kings 98

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker helped San Antonio overcome a combined 62 points from Bonzi Wells and Ron Artest, giving the Spurs a 3-2 lead over Sacramento in their first-round series.

Eighth-seeded Sacramento still has a chance to pull off the upset, but it won't be easy. The Kings must win tomorrow at home to force a Game 7 in San Antonio on Sunday.

Ginobili led the Spurs with 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists. He scored 13 points in the final quarter, including six straight free throws.

Duncan had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Parker added 21 points and defensive specialist Bruce Bowen scored 16.

Wells scored 38, including half of Sacramento's first 56 points. Once he cooled off, Artest got going, scoring 14 of his 24 points in the final period.

Suns 114, Lakers 97

At Phoenix, Boris Diaw -- presented with the most-improved trophy before the game -- had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Phoenix rolled to a victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 today in Los Angeles.

Bryant, who scored 29 points, was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 3:11 to play. His nemesis in the series, Raja Bell, was tossed after throwing Bryant to the floor for his second technical with 7:33 left.

The two had been called for a double-technical in the second quarter.

Kwame Brown scored 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting for the Lakers, but was plagued by foul trouble. He started hours after Los Angeles police said he was being investigated for a possible sexual assault. Before the game, Brown issued a statement through the team office saying he was "completely innocent of any wrongdoing."

Steve Nash scored 22 points and Shawn Marion 21 for the Suns in their highest-scoring game of the series.

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