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Bulls Vs. Heat Score Update: Led By LeBron James, Miami Takes A 56-51 Lead At Half

The Miami Heat took a five-point lead over the Chicago Bulls at halftime of their Sunday showcase game on ABC. Led by a highlight-filled first half from LeBron James, the Heat held on for a 56-51 lead after 24 minutes. James finished with 17 points, including several alley-oop dunks from close friend and fellow superstar Dwyane Wade.

Wade is playing in just his second game after sitting out two weeks with an ankle injury. He had an instant impact on Friday against the Knicks, and carried that over to Sunday's game against Chicago, connecting with James on a series of alley-oops. Wade finished with a game-high seven assists, but was just one of nine from the floor for six points. Chris Bosh, who can get lost in the James-Wade show, added 14 points and six rebounds.

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