Sunday, March 9, 2014
Bulls have Heat's number behind Noah
By ESPN Stats & Info
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Bulls continued their recent trend of success against the Miami Heat with a 95-88 overtime win on Sunday afternoon.
Joakim Noah filled up the stat sheet in the Bulls' win against the Heat.
With the win, the Bulls improved to 9-6 in the regular season against the Heat since Miami acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh (starting with the 2010-11 season). That’s tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the best regular-season record against the Heat in that span.
The Bulls have been even better at home, going 7-1 in their regular season home matchups with the Heat in that time.
Joakim Noah filled up the stat sheet for Chicago, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks. He’s the first Bulls player to have at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game since Scottie Pippen pulled it off in 1995.
Noah is one of just three players to have at least 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks in a game this season. The others to do so (Josh Smith and Dwight Howard) both did it against the Philadelphia 76ers.
For the Heat, LeBron James continued his recent relative struggles, scoring 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting from the field. Since scoring a career-high 61 points last Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats, James has totaled 58 points in his last three games (19.3 points per game).
His shooting has especially suffered from outside. In the past three games, James has shot 3-of-27 (11 percent) from outside the paint, including 2-of-10 in Sunday’s loss.
James also failed to get to the free-throw line in the loss. It’s the first time since Dec. 2, 2009 that he’s failed to attempt a free throw in a game, snapping a streak of 332 consecutive games.
Chicago’s Jimmy Butler was one of the most valuable Bulls on the day for the job he did defending James. James finished with more turnovers (three) than field goals (two) when defended by Butler in Sunday’s game, finishing with 4 points on 2-for-11 shooting.