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James shrugs off flopping accusations as Heat try to go up 3-1 on Bulls in Eastern semifinals

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    Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) pushes Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) to the floor during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. Mohammed was ejected after this play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau calls a play against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. The heat won 104-94. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

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    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) falls to the floor after being pushed by Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. Mohammed was ejected after this play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Associated Press

The suggestion that he's a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James.

Miami's superstar shot down the accusations from the Bulls, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated and questioned his ability to lead a team to a championship.

The Heat captured one last year, and if they keep this up, they won't have to worry about Chicago much longer. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is Monday, and Miami has a chance to take a 3-1 lead in a series with no shortage of bad blood.

Chicago's Tom Thibodeau said James flopped when he got shoved to the ground by Nazr Mohammed in Game 3, and the coach got fined $35,000 Sunday for comments about the officiating.