Updated: May 27, 2011, 1:46 AM ET
LeBron James 8-19 FG | 9-11 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 28 PTS | +8
GRADEA-

LeBron hit some tough jumpers to keep the Heat in the game early, but those proved to be fool's gold. He struggled to get any good looks the rest of the game, and his only success offensively came at the free throw line. His passing also didn't make much of an impact, and his defense wasn't as good as it had been in other games. Then he helped lead perhaps the most spectacular comeback of Miami's season. Wow.

Dwyane Wade 6-13 FG | 8-11 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | 0
GRADEB+

Wade's struggles continued in Game 5. He couldn't find his shot, couldn't get any space when he tried to dribble in traffic, didn't make plays and coughed up the ball nine times. Then he had eight points in three and a half minutes, including a four-point play. Remember what I said last reaction about the heart of a champion?

Chris Bosh 7-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +13
GRADEB+

Just like he was in Game 1, Bosh was a bright spot in an otherwise ugly performance. He drove to the basket aggressively, kept the Bulls' defense off balance with pump fakes, drew fouls and recorded four blocks. For a third option, it was a great performance, and he sealed the game with two clutch free throws late.

Star Power
GRADEA

The Heat were outplayed in nearly every facet. But that can cease to matter when you have two players capable of pouring in 17 points in just more than three and a half minutes. To put things bluntly, this is why the hype existed -- two players came together who are capable of putting a more complete team away on a moment's notice when nothing appears to be going their way.

Chicago Bulls
GRADEA-

It was the exact game the Bulls wanted for the first 45 minutes. Then they found out what can happen when two of the game's best players decide to take over the game -- there was nothing the Bulls could have done there. The Bulls aren't going anywhere -- all their players are signed long term, they play great defense and their best player is 22. Expect to see more Heat- Bulls in late May.

Grades by John Krolik

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