THE FACTS: LeBron James scored 27 points and was one of only two Miami players in double figures as the visiting Heat crushed a still-depleted and completely exhausted Bulls team 88-65 Monday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Heat. Carlos Boozer scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds for the Bulls but was three for 14 from the field and scored eight of his points from the free throw line. The Bulls shot 25.7 percent (19 for 74) from the field for the game.
THE FACTS II: The Bulls were still in the game at halftime, trailing 44-33 but scored just nine points (a team playoff record low) in the third quarter to completely fade from contention.
QUOTABLE I: "Chris is giving us just what we need. He is giving us great presence at the rim with his rebounding and contesting shots."
-- Miami coach Erik Spoelstra on Bosh.
THE STAT: The Bulls were two for 13 from the field in the third quarter on the way to their nine points. They even grabbed three offensive rebounds but could not convert those chances.
THE STAT II: The Bulls outrebounded the Heat 46-36 and had 19 offensive rebounds but got only 12 second chance points.
THE STAT III: James had five turnovers to go with seven rebounds and eight assists.
TURNING POINT: The Bulls did not score in the final four minutes of the third quarter, letting a 56-42 game turn into a 61-42 game by the end of the quarter.
INJURY UPDATE: Bulls forward Luol Deng apparently gave thought to playing, although he is not fully recovered from the problems stemming from a spinal tap last week. Kirk Hinrich remained out with a sore calf, and Derrick Rose again did not play as he tries to recover from ACL surgery more than one year ago.
HOT: Bosh was 7 for 10 from the field and is shooting 50 percent from the field for the series. Norris Cole, who was shooting 80 percent in the first three games, cooled off by going two for four from the field Monday, but is still shooting 75 percent (18 for 24) from the field.
NOT: Bulls guard Nate Robinson was 0 for 12 from the field and did not score in 32 minutes of action. Dwyane Wade scored just six points on 3 for 10 shooting for the Heat.
QUOTABLE II: "You don't miss the shots you don't take. You have to think you are going to make the next one."
-- Bulls guard Robinson.
GOOD MOVE: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau finally decided to give veteran guard Rip Hamilton some playing time. In his first appearance of the series, Hamilton played almost 22 minutes and scored 11 points, making the Bulls' only two 3-pointers out of 17 tries.
GOOD MOVE II: The Heat did a great job of double-teaming Robinson when he was on top with the ball, and kept the pressure on when Marquis Teague entered the game to give Robinson a break.
BAD MOVE: Chicago fans are especially conscious of this, but why were LeBron, Bosh and Wade in the game until the 2:45 mark of the fourth quarter? They left the game with the Heat up 21 points.
ROOKIE WATCH: With Robinson having the worst game possible, Teague played 16 minutes for the Bulls, but did not score on two shots. He had three assists and one turnover.
NOTABLE: LeBron has played almost 164 minutes in the series and has been whistled for three personal fouls; among Bulls' starters the low number is nine for Boozer... the Heat have shot 52.8 percent (110 for 208) in their last three playoff games.
UP NEXT: Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Heat and the Bulls Wednesday in Miami.