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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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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