- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

DEERFIELD, ILL. (AP) - LeBron James is suddenly doing it all for the Miami Heat, hitting big shots and clamping down on MVP Derrick Rose at crunch time.

Miami is up 3-1 on Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals and a win Thursday at the United Center means they’ll be playing for a championship.

That’s exactly the way James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh envisioned it when they decided to join together in the offseason. Miami is on the brink of its first trip to the finals since 2006.

James scored 35 points in Tuesday’s 101-93 overtime win and helped contain Rose down the stretch. Bosh chipped in with 22, Wade came up with three big blocks in overtime and the bench delivered as the Heat took a commanding lead.

Wade says the Heat know it’s going to be “a tough game” on Thursday.