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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 99, Heat 96

1/15/2011

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Miami Heat 99-96 on Saturday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Kyle Korver hit the game-clinching 3-pointer with 25.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose led the Bulls all night, scoring 34 points and dishing out eight assists while Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer combined for 24. Dwyane Wade racked up 33 points of his own for the Heat, but he air-balled a three-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game.

What it means: Rose was looking forward to the challenge of playing the Miami Heat. He wanted to see where he and his team stacked up against one of the league's elite teams. LeBron James didn't play for the Heat on Saturday night, but that doesn't change the main fact that was reinforced over and over during this contest. Rose has elevated his game to an elite level. He went toe to toe with Wade all night and never backed down. His confidence continues to grow on a nightly basis, and it's evident every time you watch him play.

Stat of the night: The Bulls started the third quarter on a 17-0 run.

What's next: The Bulls fly to Memphis tomorrow in advance of their Monday matinee on Martin Luther King Day against the Grizzlies. It will be interesting to see if the team has any kind of letdown after such a hyped matchup on Saturday night.