Sunday, April 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Heat 105, Bulls 93
By Nick Friedell
MIAMI -- Let's take a quick look at how the Miami Heat earned a 105-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon at American Airlines Arena.
How it happened: LeBron James scored 24 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists as the Heat grinded out the Bulls at the end. Dwyane Wade also had a big day scoring 22 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 19 points while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 16 points and 20 rebounds but the Bulls ran out of gas and got dominated down low.
What it means: The Bulls just didn't have enough in this one. Playing without Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson really hurt as the defense struggled to control the pace of the game and got beat on the blocks. Obviously, the Bulls' rash of injuries and the fact that Derrick Rose still hasn't returned has crippled Tom Thibodeau's team -- but the big problem for the Bulls all season, and at various points throughout this game, is that they can't find ways to consistently score. There are too many times when the offense can't find a good shot and is looking for anything as the shot clock runs down. The Heat's defense was solid but that shouldn't be the lone excuse for the Bulls. They shot just 35.4 percent from the field and must find a way to create better opportunities for themselves next weekend when the playoffs start.
Hits: Daequan Cook had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Misses: Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich were just 7-for-27 from the field. Deng, Boozer and Robinson combined to miss 30 shots.
Stat of the day: The Heat outscored the Bulls 44-24 in the paint.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Monday night when they take on the Orlando Magic.