Miami Heat 115 Chicago Bulls 78
How Miami Won: Game 2 looked like it would be another close game. With 3:42 left in the second quarter, the Heat was leading 42-38 until they went on a 62-20 run that lasted into the fourth quarter. Miami possibly played their best game of the postseason, getting contributions from top to bottom. Ray Allen led the way with 21 points in just 19 minutes, while Lebron James scored 19 points and dished out 9 assists. Dwayne Wade added 15 points and Norris Cole chipped in with 18 points off the bench.
The Heat totally dominated the game from the second half on, totaling 56 points in the paint, while holding the edge in fast break points 20-2. Miami also shot a remarkable 60 percent from the field, including 9 for 18 (50 percent) from behind the arc.
The 37 point win is the largest margin of victory for the Heat in their franchise playoff history.
How Chicago Lost: A tale of two halves. In the first half, the Bulls competed with the same intensity that they did in their game 1 win. In the second half, they looked completely dysfunctional and disorientated. Marco Bellini finished the game as the Bulls leading scorer with 13 points. That says it all.
The Bulls missed 49 total shots from the field, shooting just 35 percent for the game. Tempers also flared in the fourth quarter as both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected after receiving their second technical fouls. There were 6 total technical fouls called on the Bulls for the game.
The 37 point loss is the largest margin of defeat for the Bulls in their franchise playoff history.
It Was Over When: The Heat went on a 13-3 run to close out the first half. The Bulls had kept the game close throughout the first half until Nate Robinson and Cole got into a one-on-one match in the final minutes of the second quarter. Cole got the best of the duo, making two three-pointers that helped spark the run.
Quote of the Night: “No matter if you win by 20, 30, or one point, it’s a 1-1 series. They came in and did their job. They got one on our floor and took home court. So, we’ve got to try to go to Chicago and get it back.” -Lebron James
|Carlos Boozer, PF||24||3-9||0-0||2-2||1||3||4||1||0||0||2||3||-24||8|
|Jimmy Butler, SF||31||3-8||2-4||1-1||0||3||3||1||1||0||2||3||-25||9|
|Joakim Noah, C||32||3-7||0-0||6-6||2||4||6||2||1||0||2||3||-26||12|
|Nate Robinson, PG||33||3-10||2-5||3-6||2||1||3||2||0||0||4||3||-24||11|
|Marco Belinelli, SG||39||4-13||2-5||3-3||0||2||2||6||1||0||1||4||-26||13|
|Malcolm Thomas, PF||3||1-1||0-0||0-3||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||-3||2|
|Taj Gibson, PF||14||4-6||0-0||0-0||2||1||3||0||1||0||1||1||-17||8|
|Vladimir Radmanovic, SF||10||3-3||3-3||0-0||0||0||0||1||2||0||1||1||+4||9|
|Nazr Mohammed, C||16||3-10||0-0||0-0||3||0||3||0||1||0||1||3||-11||6|
|Marquis Teague, PG||15||0-3||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||3||0||0||1||1||-13||0|
|Daequan Cook, SG||23||0-6||0-6||0-0||0||2||2||1||1||0||2||5||-20||0|
|Richard Hamilton, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Udonis Haslem, PF||16||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||3||4||1||2||0||0||2||+9||2|
|LeBron James, SF||32||7-12||1-3||4-8||0||5||5||9||3||0||3||1||+25||19|
|Chris Bosh, C||30||5-10||0-1||3-4||1||4||5||3||0||1||2||3||+26||13|
|Mario Chalmers, PG||18||4-8||2-4||1-2||1||3||4||4||0||0||1||5||+10||11|
|Dwyane Wade, SG||28||7-11||0-0||1-2||0||3||3||5||0||0||1||0||+31||15|
|Rashard Lewis, PF||8||2-3||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||1||1||1||1||1||-9||4|
|Chris Andersen, PF||10||2-2||0-0||3-3||1||1||2||0||0||2||0||3||+16||7|
|James Jones, SF||8||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||-9||0|
|Shane Battier, SF||22||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||+42||3|
|Joel Anthony, C||8||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||1||2||0||1||0||2||2||-7||0|
|Norris Cole, PG||30||7-9||4-4||0-0||1||5||6||2||0||0||5||3||+27||18|
|Ray Allen, SG||19||5-7||1-2||10-10||1||2||3||1||1||1||0||2||+24||21|
|Mike Miller, SG||10||1-2||0-1||0-0||1||1||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||2|