Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Saturday, January 18th
Game 2: Saturday, February 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 26th

Bulls 101

(14-26, 1-19 away)

Heat 102

(14-26, 8-10 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 18, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    CHI 19 29 22 16 9 6101
    MIA 31 24 21 10 9 7102

    Top Performers

    Chicago: D. Marshall 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 4 Blk

    Miami: B. Grant 14 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Bulls miss at buzzer of second OT as road worsens

    MIAMI (AP) -- Brian Grant made the most of his second chance.

    Grant's layup with 7.6 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Miami Heat a 102-101 victory Saturday night over the Chicago Bulls, who have now lost 19 straight on the road.

    Eddie Jones assisted on the decisive basket following a wild sequence of events after Grant missed two free throws with 16.6 seconds remaining and the Heat down 101-100.

    "I'm rarely going to miss clutch free throws,'' said Grant, who had trouble shooting due to a heavily taped right thumb. "It was just coincidence that the game turned out the way it did, to give me the opportunity to redeem myself.''

    The Bulls had a chance win at the buzzer, but Jalen Rose's 22-foot jumper rolled off the rim.

    "I had a good look,'' said Rose, who was 14-for-30 from the field and led the Bulls with 30 points. "I felt like it was going in when it left my hands. Obviously, you don't get any points for that.''

    The Heat now have won four straight against the Bulls, who have not won on the road since beating Boston, 99-96, in their season opener on Oct. 30. Chicago's 1-19 road record is the league's worst.

    Before taking the free throws, Grant ripped off the tape in disgust.

    It didn't help. The rebound from the second missed free throw was batted beyond midcourt. Miami's Mike James made an over-the-head save, and the ball ended up back in Grants' hands. The Heat center then passed to Jones' hands, and went to the basket.

    "The ball was just tipping around and I ran to half court,'' Grant said. "I saw Mike dive and just throw it, so I jumped, grabbed it and saw Eddie wide open. I hit him and ran straight to the basket. I didn't take my eyes off him. I knew he might throw it back, shoot it, or whatever.''

    Malik Allen led the Heat with a career-high 23 points. Grant finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds for Miami, which won for just the second time in nine games.

    Donyell Marshall scored 24 for the Bulls, Marcus Fizer added 16 points and Jamal Crawford finished with 15, including two critical 3-pointers.

    "It was a wild game,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It would have been a disheartening loss for either team. Fortunately, we made some great plays at the end. There were a lot of missed plays and shots.''

    Both teams were sloppy. Chicago turned the ball over 21 times, resulting in 28 Miami points, and the Heat committed 18 turnovers.

    "Whenever you have these types of games where they are close or you have overtime, you are always disappointed when you don't win,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "I do view this game in a positive way. I really feel if we compete like this throughout the rest of this road trip and take this to the West Coast, we will get our share of wins.''

    Jones had 15 points in his first game back from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him for seven games. Rookie Caron Butler added 18 points for Miami.

    In the first overtime, Grant tied it at 95 on a putback. On the play, he was fouled by Rose, but Grant missed the free throw.

    The Bulls led by as much as four early in the first overtime before Miami took a 93-92 lead with 41.3 seconds to go on a basket by Allen. Crawford then hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls a 95-93 lead.

    Rose's 13-foot jumper with 29.5 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 86, sending the game to overtime.

    The Heat had a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 21 percent on 4-for-19.

    Game notes

    Guard Travis Best was activated off the injured list and forward Sean Lampley was placed on the injured list with a strained lower back. Best has been out since Jan. 3 after spraining his right ankle on Jan. 1 against Atlanta. ... Anthony Carter did not dress out because of a bruised left knee. ... Mike James, who made his fifth start at guard for Miami, tied his career high with four steals. ... Before Saturday, the Bulls had been held below 90 points against the Heat in nine of the last 10 meetings. ... Chicago's team record for most consecutive road losses is 25, set between Dec. 21, 2000 and April 10, 2001. ... Marshall fouled out with 1:36 left in the second overtime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 102
    FGM-FGA 41-89 (.461) 39-89 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 8-14 (.571) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 11-15 (.733) 20-35 (.571)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-46 13-50
    Assists 20 18
    Turnovers 21 18
    Steals 13 11
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 2 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 24
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 4
    Brian Grant Grant
    Points: 14
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2