"Nothing is finalized," Chicago coach Bill Cartwright said.
"We'll wait and see what happens."
Chicago's players learned just before the game that a deal might
be looming and the roster would be limited against the Heat.
"It's hard when it comes right before the game," Bulls guard
A.J. Guyton said. "You've got guys you are depending on, relying
on, and they are taken away. You just have to stand up and try to
execute, and that makes a tough situation."
The Heat, who only last week climbed out of last place in the
Atlantic Division, pulled within four games of Indiana for the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"I was concerned that once our players knew that so many of
their guys were out, they wouldn't respect the game," Miami coach
Pat Riley said. "In the second half, we passed the ball well and
took care of business against a very undermanned team."
Mourning played 29 minutes. The Heat, who lost at Minnesota on
Sunday, rested many of their regulars in the fourth quarter after
putting the game out of reach.
Eddie Jones scored 16 points, Eddie House added 14, and Kendall
Gill and Jim Jackson each scored 12 as the Heat shot 56 percent
from the field and won for the fifth time in their last six home
"That team came out and fought, but we overwhelmed them in the
second half," Jones said. "We played better against the zone and
did a lot of good things by finding our big guys. You have to be
encouraged by that, but we still have a long way to go."
The injury-riddled Bulls lost their fourth straight game and
10th in their last 14.
Tyson Chandler and Guyton led Chicago with 13 points, and Eddy
Curry scored 12 as the Bulls dropped to 3-24 on the road.
Despite outrebounding Chicago 25-15 and getting a season-high 18
points from Mourning, Miami led just 45-40 at halftime.
Mourning scored 10 points as the Heat opened the second quarter
with a 14-6 run to take a 37-30 lead with 6:46 left in the first
"If you let a team like that hang in there, all of a sudden
things can happen," Riley said. "We started to get some
turnovers, some blocks and some transition hoops. Once we got the
lead to 10 or 12 points, it went from there."
The Heat took control in the third quarter, starting on a 10-2
run to build a 55-42 lead. They had a 68-55 advantage at the end of
"Overall, our guys gave a tremendous effort," Cartwright said.
"We hung in there in the first half, but the second half was a
different story. I think fatigue may have caught up with us."
The game was reminiscent of a Bulls-Heat matchup on Feb. 22,
1996. In that game, Riley, then in his first season with the Heat,
dressed only eight players on the eve of a big trade. Miami went
out and stunned the Bulls, then in the middle of their championship
run, behind Rex Chapman's 39 points.
"When I got the starting lineup for Chicago tonight, it
reminded me of what happened my first year here," Riley said. "At
the trading deadline we made all those trades and only had eight
players and we beat the world champions."
The Bulls have lost five straight at Miami. ... In three
games against the Heat this season, the Bulls have scored 78, 79
and 80 points. ... Trenton Hassell started his third straight game
for Chicago and scored eight points after getting 20 and 18 in his
previous two. ... House, who injured his right leg Friday against
Milwaukee, scored 14 points in 21 minutes, one night after scoring
12 points in 22 minutes against Minnesota. ... Miami has won five
of its last seven against Chicago.