Bulls-Heat landing in the rough

The Miami Heat gain upper hand in physical win over the East's leaders

Originally Published: April 20, 2012
By Israel Gutierrez | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- What was there to gain?

An improved chance at, or in Chicago's case an official grasp of, the No. 1 seed in the East?

Depending on your perspective, neither of these teams should even want that top spot. Sure, the New York Knicks would be a challenging first-round opponent for the team that finishes second, but wouldn't it mean more to avoid a second-round matchup with the surging Boston Celtics, which the No. 1 seed would potentially face?

A statement win?

The ...

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