Knowing his team needed him at his best, Dwyane Wade retreated to the Miami Heat locker room after the third quarter for some quick treatment on his aching right knee.
When he came back, he was good as new.
And now he can rest until the Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James scored 23 points, Wade added 18 and had a brilliant 45-second sequence that proved crucial, and the Heat clawed back from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday night in Miami and close out their second-round series in five games.
"We gave it everything we had," James said. "I have no energy left."
The Heat outscored Chicago 25-14 in the fourth quarter to escape and advance.
"I knew the fourth quarter was going to be tough, so I wanted to retape my knee," said Wade, who has been battling bone bruises on his knee for several weeks. "I knew I was going to come back into a grind. Our trainers did a great job of getting it taped enough so I could come out and play."
Did they ever.
Wade had a blocked shot, defensive rebound, offensive rebound and putback slam -- all in a late 45-second span -- to help cap a wild night of wild comebacks. The Heat blew an early 18-point lead, then pulled off a late rally to finish off the depleted Bulls, who still had two chances on their last possession to force overtime.
But Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed 3-pointers, time expired, and Miami moved on to face Indiana or New York next week.
"Dwyane is uncanny," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "When the competition is at its highest, and its fiercest, he finds a way."
Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game, as well as Kirk Hinrich (calf) and Luol Deng (illness).
"Obviously we're disappointed in losing the series," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But I was never disappointed in our team. I thought our team fought hard all year long. There was no quit in them."
Grizzlies 88, Thunder 84: Memphis advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating host Oklahoma City to win the series in five games.
Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists for Memphis, the fifth seed.
Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing to tie it with 6 seconds left, finishing off a miserable shooting night for the three-time NBA scoring champion. Durant ended up with 21 points on 5-for-21 shooting, the third-worst performance of his playoff career.
The Thunder, which made it to the NBA finals last season, was the top seed in the West but went 2-6 after All-Star guard Russell Westbrook went out with a knee injury that required surgery.