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Heat aiming for 3-1 series lead over Chicago

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

All the Chicago Bulls say they need to do now is something they've already managed 71 times this season, more than any other team in the league.

Win a game.

It's that simple. No need for cluttered thinking now. Even after everything that has gone wrong in the past two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat — who have handed the Bulls their first two-game losing streak since February — Chicago knows it can reclaim the upper hand in the series by winning Game 4 tonight.

Thing is, the Heat know that sort of thinking as well, since they had the same thoughts after a Game 1 blowout loss.

"All we've done to this point is do exactly what they did at home," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They won the first game at home and we have to find a way in a possession game to come out ahead again (tonight). There is not going to be one easy possession in this series."

Meanwhile, Bulls center Joakim Noah met with NBA officials and expects to "pay the price" for using an anti-gay slur during Game 3.

Television cameras captured Noah saying an expletive, followed by the slur toward a fan midway through the first quarter. Noah apologized for getting "caught up" in the exchange.

Last month, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for directing the same slur toward a referee.

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