The Chicago Bulls headed into world championship territory Monday night with all odds against them — Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich all missed game o of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However the Bulls did what they do best — they defended like there’s no tomorrow and grinded it out the entire regulation to secure the 93-86 win over the Miami Heat.
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, despite suffering an upper lip laceration that required a total of 10 stitches after he and Lebron James raced to chase a possession heading out-of-bounds. Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler played literally every second of the game scoring 21 and grabbing up 14 rebounds. Joakim Noah contributed 13 points, Taj Gibson added 12, and Marco Belinelli had 10 of his own for Chicago.
Lebron James Scored 24 points, Dwayne Wade added 14 for Miami, but the Bulls put Miami’s 27 game winning streak to rest back in March and it was no different in game one as the Bulls handed the heat their first loss in 13 games.
Despite all the hardships the Bulls have been faced with this entire season, let alone the playoffs, they managed to give the champs a run for their money.
A pair of three-point plays courtesy of James gave the Bulls their largest deficit of the night 76-69. However the Bulls kept grinding it out; Ray Allen sunk a three giving Miami an 80-78 lead, Butler then fired right back with a 3 ball of his own. With 2:22 left, Belinelli connected from outside the arc; on a second chance possession, and tied up the ball game.
Then it got better, as Nate Robinson connected on a long 2 with:18 left, The Bulls had the lead and all of the momentum moving forward. Wade missed a three-point attempt, Robinson grabbed the rebound and went coast to coast with 45.5 seconds left in the game. Somehow the Bulls found themselves on top at 90-86; silencing the American Airlines Arena and sending the fans to the exits earlier than anticipated.
James drove to the lane against Butler; attempted a 12 foot jumper that failed to connect. Chicago got the rebound, Robinson knocked a free throw securing the Bulls with a 5 point lead. The Bulls went on to shock the world and steal game 1 in Miami.
Lebron received his 4th MVP at the start of the game, however the Bulls crashed the celebration and rightfully stole the headlines. Game two will be on Wednesday in Miami.