Since the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak a couple of weeks ago, a lot of hype was put into the Bulls’ matinee match-up at Miami. While this game did not offer the same excitement as the previous one, the result went in favor of Miami in the Bulls’ 93-105 loss.
Chicago went with a starting lineup of Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, and Carlos Boozer, so size would be a problem throughout the game. It began pretty evenly, but Miami got their offense going as Chicago struggled to score at all, making only eight field goals. The Bulls also experienced a lot of foul trouble as Boozer, Butler, and Mohammed all had at least two fouls in the quarter. Miami, on the other hand, had LeBron James go a perfect 3-3 from the field, contributing to the Bulls’ 22-30 deficit at the conclusion of the quarter.
The second quarter featured a comeback for the Bulls, led by Nate Robinson and his offensive spark. Initially, Robinson was actually looking to get his teammates the ball, but he eventually reverted back to getting his own shots, and it worked in the Bulls’ favor. He scored seven points in the quarter and made a late three to cut the Heat’s lead to two, 54-56, before halftime.
Early on in the third, the Bulls did well. Butler completed a four-point play to tie the game at 58, and afterwards, Hinrich hit a left baseline three to give Chicago the 61-60 lead. That lead quickly diminished, but Hinrich made another three to get the Bulls behind by just one point. But Miami came back by stepping it up on both ends of the court taking a nine-point, 77-86 lead, at the end of the quarter.
As time went on, the Heat stayed ahead. Chicago continued to linger around, but they could never get the stops necessary to achieve the lead, going on to lose.
Boozer finished with a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls while James had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Heat. Chicago, now 43-47, will face the Orlando Magic tomorrow night at 6 PM ET.