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Rapid Reaction: Heat 96, Bulls 85

5/23/2011

MIAMI -- Let's take a quick look at how the Miami Heat earned a 96-85 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat lead the series 2-1.

How it happened: Chris Bosh played the best game of his brief Heat career scoring 34 points. LeBron James had 22 points while Dwyane Wade added 17 points. Carlos Boozer had the best game of his postseason run scoring 27 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls who had a hard time getting past Miami's defense all night. The Heat were suffocating at times and the Bulls did not have an answer. Derrick Rose had 20 points, but he made several questionable decisions down the stretch and continues to have a hard time getting to the rim against the Miami defense.

What it means: The Bulls are going to kick themselves again. They slowed down James and Wade (at least to a certain extent), but they did not do a good job on Bosh, and it killed them. They couldn't slow him down all night and it was even more magnified given how much Joakim Noah struggled to contribute on both ends of the floor. The larger issue for the Bulls is that the team's offense doesn't look good. Aside from Rose and Boozer, and to a lesser extent, Luol Deng who had 14, the Bulls struggled. The Miami defense is good, but it still doesn't seem as if the Bulls have enough consistent playmakers and that's becoming a bigger issue as each game passes.

Stat of the night: In 29 minutes of play, Noah scored one point, grabbed five rebounds and picked up five fouls.

What's next: The Bulls will practice Monday afternoon in preparation for Game 4 on Tuesday night.