Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 101, Heat 97
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak with a 101-97 victory on Wednesday night at the United Center:
How it happened: Playing without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton and Marco Belinelli, the Bulls picked up their most impressive win of the season. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Carlos Boozer scored 21 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. LeBron James scored 32 points but couldn't carry the Heat to a 28th straight win.
What it means: Given the circumstances, this isn't just the Bulls' best win this season -- it's their best win in several years. With all the injuries Tom Thibodeau's team has endured this season, the fact that the Bulls were able to pull out a win over LeBron and Co. should give them the big confidence boost they've been looking for over the past month. The Bulls have proven they have heart but that point has never been clearer. Few believed the Bulls could win this game, given who was out and what was on the line. No matter what they do the rest of this season, they will remember this as the highlight for the rest of their year.
Hits: Nate Robinson scored 14 points in 22 minutes and drove the lane for the layup that proved to be the dagger for Miami.
Misses: The Bulls cleaned up their mistakes in this one. The Bulls outscored the Heat 22-8 in second-chance points.
Stat of the night: What else matters? The Heat's 27-game winning streak is over.
What's next: The Bulls have a couple days off before they face the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday afternoon. They have won three games in a row.