CHICAGO, May 18 (UPI) -- LeBron James had nine points in a game-ending 12-2 run Wednesday that allowed Miami to even the Eastern Conference finals with an 85-75 win over Chicago.
In a physical contest that left players on both teams bloodied, the Heat seized home-court advantage by tying the best-of-seven series at a game each.
Miami will host Game 3 Sunday and Game 4 next Tuesday.
The Heat opened an 11-point advantage late in the third period only to see the top-seeded Bulls rally into a 73-73 tie on a dunk by Taj Gibson with 7:18 to play. Chicago managed only two more points for the rest of the game.
Neither side could score after Gibson's dunk until James put Miami in front for good on a 3-point shot with 4:30 remaining. James added a jumper with 3:18 to go and his layup with 1:35 left gave the Heat an 82-75 cushion.
Chicago produced a mere 29 points in the second half, but was still outscored over the final two quarters by just eight.
James made 12-of-21 shots from the field and scored 29 points in Miami's first win over Chicago this season. The Bulls had captured the three regular-season meetings between the teams by a total of eight points before dominating the series opener Sunday.
Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami and Udonis Haslem had 11.
Miami shot 47 percent from the floor and held Chicago to 34 percent.
The rugged nature of the game was symbolized by the block by Chicago's Omer Asik of Wade's dunk attempt with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter. Both players came away from the collision with blood showing, but no foul was called.
League MVP Derrick Rose had 21 points for the Bulls, but made just 7-of-23 from the field. Luol Deng was the only other Chicago player in double figures with 13.