How Miami Won: It seemed like the Heat were easily on their way to a close-out victory as they got out to a quick 22-4. But then, they fell asleep for three quarters. The Bulls answered back with a 34-14 run, and led by as much as 11 in the second half. Miami was eventually able to pull away, dominating the fourth quarter and outscoring Chicago 25-14.
Lebron James led the way with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Dwayne Wade added 18 points playing with an injured knee. Miami was able to come back primarily from scoring 27 points off 16 Chicago turnovers.
How Chicago Lost: If you were judging the game by the box score, there would be no indication that says that the Bulls lost the game. Chicago shot 44 percent from the field, including 42 percent from the three-point line, while holding the Heat to just 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Bulls also had a 40-32 edge in rebounding and a 34-30 advantage in points in the paint.
Carlos Boozer played a tremendous game, finishing with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Jimmy Butler played all 48 minutes for the fourth time in the series and scored 19 points, while Nate Robinson added 21 points and Richard Hamilton chipped in with 15 points off the bench.
The Bulls had their opportunities late in the game, but shot just 2 for 8 in the final three minutes of the game. They gave Miami all that they had as Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng both sat out for the eighth straight game.
It Was Over When: With the Heat down by one mid-way through the fourth quarter, Wade blocked a shot, added a rebound, and had a put-back slam on a Norris Cole missed shot all in a span of 45 seconds. Miami never trailed after that.
Quote of the Night: “We gave it everything we had, I have no energy left.” –Lebron James
|Carlos Boozer, PF||42||10-19||0-0||6-11||9||5||14||1||2||1||1||2||-3||26|
|Jimmy Butler, SF||48||7-15||2-6||3-3||1||4||5||4||3||0||2||2||-3||19|
|Joakim Noah, C||42||1-5||0-0||1-2||1||8||9||2||0||1||3||3||-6||3|
|Nate Robinson, PG||47||6-15||4-7||5-6||3||2||5||6||0||0||4||4||-1||21|
|Marco Belinelli, SG||14||1-3||1-2||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||-17||3|
|Taj Gibson, PF||8||1-4||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||-2||2|
|Nazr Mohammed, C||4||1-2||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||0||0||1||0||1||+5||2|
|Richard Hamilton, SG||35||6-12||1-4||2-2||0||2||2||1||0||2||3||4||+12||15|
|Malcolm Thomas, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Vladimir Radmanovic, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Marquis Teague, PG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Daequan Cook, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Udonis Haslem, PF||23||5-6||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||2||1||0||4||+10||10|
|LeBron James, SF||44||5-14||1-3||12-15||0||7||7||8||2||0||2||3||+4||23|
|Chris Bosh, C||32||4-8||2-3||2-4||3||4||7||1||1||2||2||4||+6||12|
|Mario Chalmers, PG||27||3-9||0-3||0-0||0||3||3||2||2||0||0||3||-3||6|
|Dwyane Wade, SG||37||7-13||0-0||4-4||1||4||5||6||2||1||1||1||+6||18|
|Chris Andersen, PF||13||2-2||0-0||2-2||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||+5||6|
|Shane Battier, SF||28||2-7||2-7||3-5||2||1||3||0||0||1||1||3||-15||9|
|Norris Cole, PG||21||2-5||0-1||1-2||0||2||2||1||0||0||0||2||+6||5|
|Ray Allen, SG||15||2-6||1-4||0-1||0||2||2||2||1||0||3||3||-4||5|
|Rashard Lewis, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|James Jones, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Joel Anthony, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Mike Miller, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|