Rapid Reaction: Heat 93, Bulls 79

February, 23, 2014
Feb 23
5:12
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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MIAMI -- Let's take a quick look at how the Miami Heat earned a 93-79 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How it happened: Playing without LeBron James (broken nose), the Heat dominated the Bulls in the second half and pulled away. Chris Bosh led Miami with 28 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Joakim Noah paced the Bulls with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks -- but it wasn't enough for a team that couldn't get anything going offensively down the stretch. The loss snaps the Bulls' five-game winning streak.

What it means: The Bulls took a step backward in this game. Their offense stunk most of the day, but especially in the second half. They had no answers. D.J. Augustin couldn't hit a shot, Carlos Boozer looked lifeless on the floor, Jimmy Butler was out because of sore ribs, and the Heat's defense pounced whenever it got the opportunity. This looked like a performance the Bulls might have had after Derrick Rose went down, not in the middle of their best stretch of the season. Any team is entitled to a bad game -- the problem for the Bulls is that they've had a few too many of them in Miami over the past year.

Hits: Taj Gibson had 20 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Misses: Augustin was 0-for-10 from the field.

Stats of the night: The Bulls had seven 24-second violations. The Heat outscored the Bulls 25-12 in the third quarter.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5