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               === Heat open trek with matchup against Bulls ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will exit the comfy confines of home when
 they embark on a four-game road trip, starting with Thursday's matchup against
 the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
 
 Miami had its season-high 10-game winning streak come to an end with Tuesday's
 107-97  loss to  the  Detroit Pistons  and played  without  guard Dwyane  Wade
 because  of sore knees. LeBron James once again led the Heat with 23 points to
 go along with six assists and five rebounds.
 
 James  has scored  in double figures in 513 consecutive games. Moses Malone is
 next on the list at 526 games from Oct. 4, 1978 - March 4, 1985.
 
 Michael Beasley added 23 points off the bench and Chris Bosh registered 14 for
 the  Heat, who were  down 28-18 after the first quarter and trailed by as many
 as  17 in the fourth quarter. The Heat trimmed the Pistons' lead to 91-88, but
 would get no closer the rest of the way.
 
 Detroit  scored  29 points  off 19 Miami  turnovers and held  the Heat to 43.9
 percent shooting.
 
 The  Heat will  try to extend their  road winning streak to six games Thursday
 and are 5-2 as the guest. Miami will also make stops in Minnesota, Detroit and
 Indiana.
 
 Meanwhile,  Wade  is probable against the  Bulls and is averaging 18.5 points,
 5.4  assists  and 4.6 rebounds this  season. Wade has scored 20-plus points in
 four of his previous five games.
 
 Chicago  opened  its four-game homestand with Monday's 131-128 triple-overtime
 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans after going 1-5 on its previous road trip.
 
 The  Bulls  were outscored, 9-6, in  the third extra period and suffered their
 first  home loss of the season (5-1). Luol Deng did all he could to propel the
 Bulls  to  victory with 37 points,  eight rebounds and seven assists. Deng has
 tallied  five straight games with 20 or more points, averaging 27.4 points per
 game in that stretch.
 
 Taj  Gibson posted a career-best 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Mike
 Dunleavy netted 23 points. Chicago was coming off a late loss at Cleveland and
 is just 1-6 in the past seven games overall.
 
 "We  are  just one play away  the last two games,  but the games are there for
 us," Gibson told NBA.com.
 
 Joakim  Noah ended with 19 points and 10 rebounds versus the Pelicans and Kirk
 Hinrich  chipped in  13 points,  11  assists and  six rebounds  for his  first
 double-double  of  the season. Hinrich, of  course, is seeing more action with
 star  guard  Derrick Rose  expected  to  miss the  rest  of  the season  after
 undergoing another knee surgery.
 
 Rose  is scheduled  to address the media  for the first time since his season-
 ending  surgery to  repair a  torn  medial meniscus  in his  right knee  after
 Thursday's shootaround.
 
 The  Bulls,  who are allowing just  94.6 ppg, still have Detroit and Milwaukee
 slated to visit the United Center, and suffered a 107-95 loss at Miami on Oct.
 29.  James  had 17 points  to lead seven players  in double figures and Carlos
 Boozer  scored a game-high  31 points to pace the Bulls, who have dropped four
 of six games against Miami.
 
 Miami has lost 10 of 13 trips to the Windy City.
 
 
 12/05 10:35:48 ET