Bulls Heat Score
May 16, 2011 by staff
Rose scored 28 points, Luol Deng Figure LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls struck first in the Eastern Conference final, the night away to beat the Miami Heat 103-82 in Game 1 on Sunday.
The Bulls have made a good start after sweeping the Heat in the regular season. They went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter, then walked into the room.
In the last few minutes away is checked, the fans chanted “Top Rated” and “Beat the Heat!”
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Chicago, and that would be fine with another performance like that.
Rose settled after committing three of his four turnovers in the first minutes and showed why he is the MVP. Hit three 3 points and the Bulls made 10 of 21 in total.
As for his apology?
“It was for me,” Rose said. “Careless turnovers. You cannot do that against this team. When they arrive at the public hearing, are too dangerous. … I am the owner. I have to do better.”
He did just after the early hiccups, particularly in the second half and hit some big shots down the stretch. Still, this was not a solitary act.
Deng scored 21 points. He hit four 3s, had four steals, seven rebounds and briefly clamps King, holding James to 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting.
“Definitely to protect a guy like that all the defense has to stay focused,” said Deng. “There were times when the times changed and forced him into the fold. Our big men were big on forcing him into the front.”
Carlos Boozer added 14 points and nine rebounds. Joakim Noah had 14 rebounds as the Bulls beat the heat in the glass, 45 to 33, taking 19 on the offensive, while overcoming 31-8 second-chance points.
“You play defense. You play hard defense and the shot goes up and get an offensive rebound, Kick It Out of three or get a tray or a mate,” said James. “Those are demoralizing for a defensive team. We must find a way to clean that up.”
Chris Bosh led Miami with 30 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points, but the heat, simply were outscored in the final.
“Dwyane and LeBron is going to create a lot of attention,” said Bosh. “This is a good defensive team. … They will do the dealers. We have to see where we fall short on team for Game 1 and come back with a better approach.”
The heat is led 58-57 at half of the third, when the Bulls made their move, reeling off 10 straight and builds momentum.
Rose and Bogans started nailing three-pointers. Bogans against theft by Wade led to two free throws by Rose after he was thrown to the floor in search of a fast-break layup.
Then, after a timeout, Noah Wade blocked a layup and scored seconds later on a shelf in an inbounds along the baseline of the Bulls, making it 67-58.
The Heat James Jones finished the race with a 3, but the Bulls just were not about to be arrested.
When Deng hit a 3 with 1:15 left to make it 72-63 with 1:15 remaining, the crowd stood and roared. More importantly, he began a career that spanned 14-3 in the fourth and put this away.
Whether feeding Omer Asik Taj Gibson for a dunk early in the fourth or Deng races back to put his own missed jumper after a 3 by James, there was plenty for fans of Chicago to cheer during that period. They were loving it when Ronnie Brewer stole a pass from Mario Chalmers hit two free throws, then sank to make it 80-66. And when CJ Watson buried a 3 to put the lead at 17, he was almost swept away.
At least some fans of Chicago, beating Miami to reach the NBA Finals would be sweet redemption after what happened during the summer.
With enough room under the salary cap a couple of stars, the Bulls went after James, Wade and Bosh in the summer, hoping to land a combination of both.
You know the rest of that story.
“We felt we could compete against anyone,” said Noah. “This is just a very exciting moment. The position we are in is amazing. We feel that we are not satisfied; we have a long way to go. Nobody believed we could be in this position right now. We again ‘is not concerned at the praise. We’re not worried about criticism. We are focused on what we do, and believe in them. ”
The Bulls finished with a league leading, 62 victories after hiring Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau and strengthening your list Boozer and solid role players. The biggest boost, of course, came from Rose, who emerged as the youngest MVP in the league and ended the run of James for two years, while helping to Chicago even his best season since 1997-98, when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen completed their second three-peat.
Along the way, the Bulls swept three games by the Heat, earning them a total of eight points. James missed the first with an ankle injury; Bosh was one of 18 in the second and the Heat of tears after dropping back to Chicago in March.
That was during a run of five defeats, but Miami regrouped after that, winning 15 of 18 in the final and then the cancellation of both Philadelphia and Boston in five games. Now, the Heat will have to meet again.
“We took it on the chin tonight,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.
NOTES: Taj Gibson of Chicago was a highlight reel dunk early in the second quarter, when he hurled a vicious circle of hands on Wade, leading to a three-point play. How awesome it was? Even Wade broke six times to see the replay. “That was good,” said Wade. “That’s a big reason for me. The first time I was immersed throughout the year. I’ll take my 90 to 1 (the edge) on my blocks from my underwater on (ratio). I really kid. It was good. It was a very athletic play. He knew he had a chance. I was away when she saw him off. He is very athletic. … This is the sixth time these teams have met in the playoffs; the Bulls swept the Heat in the first round in 1992, 1996 and 2007, surpassing by five games in the 1997 conference finals. Miami beat Chicago in six games in the first round in 2006.
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