May 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) goes to the basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. The Heat beat the Bulls 88-65. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Heat Win Game 4 in Blow Out Fashion

Miami Heat 88 Chicago Bulls 65

How Miami Won: Defense, defense, and more defense.  The Heat nearly matched their franchise mark of fewest points allowed in a playoff game, holding the Bulls to 26 percent shooting from the field, while shooting 49 percent for the game.

Lebron James led the way with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Chris Bosh added 14 points and 6 rebounds.  Miami also held a 19-7 advantage in fast-break points, and a 36-20 edge in points in the paint.

 How Chicago Lost: It was an ugly game offensively for the injury depleted Bulls.  They were without Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng again, and this time, it finally looked like the wheels are beginning to unravel.  On top of shooting 26 percent for the game, the Bulls also shot just 2 for 17 from the three-point line, with both makes coming from Richard Hamilton.

Chicago’s postseason hero, Nate Robinson, had a game to forget, shooting 0 for 12 from the field and finishing with 0 points.  Carlos Boozer led the way with 14 points and 12 assists, and Jimmy Butler added 12 points.

 It Was Over When: The game was still fairly close at halftime with the Heat leading 44-33.  By the end of the third quarter, the Bulls still had fewer points than the Heat did at halftime.  Miami held Chicago to just nine points in the third quarter, putting the game out of hand.

Quote of the Night: “We’re kind of putting screws and bandages everywhere. It’s frustrating, every night and every day.”  -Taj Gibson

Box Score:

Miami Heat
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Udonis Haslem, PF 17 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 1 2 0 2 4 +12 6
LeBron James, SF 43 9-20 1-4 8-9 0 7 7 8 2 0 5 0 +27 27
Chris Bosh, C 35 7-10 0-0 0-2 0 6 6 1 1 4 0 4 +21 14
Mario Chalmers, PG 27 2-5 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 +15 6
Dwyane Wade, SG 29 3-10 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 1 2 4 +4 6
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Rashard Lewis, PF 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 2
Chris Andersen, PF 14 2-3 0-0 5-5 3 1 4 1 0 2 1 3 +7 9
James Jones, SF 2 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Shane Battier, SF 22 1-6 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 4 +6 3
Joel Anthony, C 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 +2 0
Norris Cole, PG 22 2-4 1-2 2-4 0 3 3 4 0 0 3 0 +8 7
Ray Allen, SG 22 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 +9 5
Mike Miller, SG 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 +2 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
33-68 6-18 16-21 7 29 36 24 9 9 16 23 88
48.5% 33.3% 76.2%

Chicago Bul

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Carlos Boozer, PF 32 3-14 0-0 8-12 5 7 12 1 3 0 2 0 -16 14
Jimmy Butler, SF 46 4-10 0-2 4-4 1 4 5 0 1 0 3 2 -23 12
Joakim Noah, C 37 1-6 0-0 4-4 6 3 9 0 1 0 3 3 -22 6
Nate Robinson, PG 32 0-12 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 1 4 3 -9 0
Marco Belinelli, SG 26 3-8 0-5 3-3 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 3 -21 9
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Malcolm Thomas, PF 2 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Taj Gibson, PF 21 3-8 0-1 4-5 5 4 9 0 2 1 1 3 -7 10
Nazr Mohammed, C 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 -1 2
Marquis Teague, PG 16 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 3 -14 0
Daequan Cook, SG 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richard Hamilton, SG 22 4-11 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 1 -2 11
Luol Deng, SF DNP ILLNESS
Vladimir Radmanovic, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
19-74 2-17 25-32 19 27 46 12 10 3 17 19 65
25.7% 11.8% 78.1%

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