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Bulls Game 3 Notes For Friday vs. Miami

* Miami’s 37-point (115-78) victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Wednesday was both the largest margin of victory in a postseason game in Heat franchise history and the largest margin of defeat in a playoff game in Bulls’ franchise history.

* Chicago is 14-5 all-time, including 7-3 at home, in Game 3s when tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series. Miami, meanwhile, is 8-2 all-time, including 4-2 on the road, in Game 3s in this situation.

* In NBA history 18 teams have lost a non-elimination postseason game by at least 37 points. Those teams then went 7-11 in their next game. 

* The six player technical fouls called on the Bulls in Game 2 (Noah – 2, Gibson – 2, Robinson – 1 and Teague – 1) are the most handed out to players on one team in a postseason game since the Celtics’ players got called for six against the Pacers on May 7, 2005.

* Miami shot exactly 60 percent from the field in Game 2. It was just the second time in franchise history the Heat have shot 60+ percent in a postseason game; the other time was in Game 5 of their 2012 Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Pacers (.614).

* Ray Allen led the Heat in scoring in Game 2, coming off the bench to pour in 21 points, including going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. It was the third time in his postseason career that Allen has been perfect from the free-throw line in a game (minimum 10 FTAs), the other two times coming during the 2005 playoffs.

* LeBron James has averaged 29.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists in five career road playoff games against the Bulls, shooting 51.0 percent (including 16-for-32 from behind the arc) in these contests. His team has gone 3-2 in those games.

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