Final Score: Chicago 96, Miami 89
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer tallied 27 points and 12 rebounds
and the Chicago Bulls limited the Miami Heat to a season-low scoring total at
home during a 96-89 triumph over the defending world champions at American
Joakim Noah, returning from a one-game absence due to illness, amassed 13
points and 12 rebounds to help the Bulls to a third victory in their last four
games. Nate Robinson also finished with 13 points for Chicago, while Kirk
Hinrich had 10 along with eight assists.
"You have to make hustle plays against them," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau
said. "Overall, I thought everyone played well and we need that. In order to
beat a team like this, you need contributions from everybody."
LeBron James, who battled through a bruised right knee, led all players with
30 points, but the Heat went just 5-of-20 from 3-point range. They were
outrebounded by a 48-28 margin and were held under the 90-point mark for the
first time at home and only the fourth overall this season. They are 0-4 in
"There's not a whole lot to say," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We've
got to get better. They just pounded us."
Miami, which had a five-game home winning streak snapped, also received 22
points from Dwyane Wade and 14 out of Chris Bosh.
The Heat owned a 45-38 lead following a successful Wade jumper with under four
minutes to go in the first half, but Chicago ended the second quarter on an
11-3 run capped by Jimmy Butler's buzzer-beater that gave the Bulls a 49-48
edge at the break.
Chicago would stay in front the entire rest of the way, though it would have
to fend off Miami comeback attempts on several occasions.
A 10-5 burst that began with 3-pointers from Richard Hamilton and Hinrich put
the Bulls ahead 66-59 midway through the third quarter, and the differential
would grow to nine by period's end after Marco Belinelli sank a jumper from
beyond the arc for a 75-66 Chicago lead.
The Bulls shot an impressive 10-of-16 from the floor during the third quarter,
while holding the Heat to an off-target 6-of-18 on field goal tries over that
Miami started out the final session strong, however, with James netting the
first six points of the frame and throwing down a thunderous slam with 9:26 to
go to cut the deficit to 75-72. Robinson scored on the other end, though, then
made a pair from the line after a Heat turnover to extend Chicago's spread to
The Bulls would go ahead by double-digits after a Robinson trey with 6:34 left
made the score 83-73.
Miami got back to within five when James made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe
for a 91-86 game with 1:30 remaining, but Boozer finished off a 12-of-17
shooting night with a layup with 46.3 seconds to play that essentially sealed
Chicago closed out the first quarter with a 10-0 burst and grabbed a 26-22
edge on Boozer's layup at the buzzer, but the Heat outscored the Bulls by a
15-4 count over the initial five minutes of the second period.
Reserve guard Norris Cole netted six points during the sequence, which Shane
Battier capped with a triple to put Miami ahead by a 37-30 score.
Since Boozer joined the team prior to the 2010-11 season, the Bulls are now
10-1 when he and Noah both record double-doubles in the same game ... Chicago
improved to 8-1 against Eastern Conference foes on the road this season ...
The Heat were held under 100 points for only the third time in 18 home tilts
this season, and they're now 3-8 when scoring 100 or less for the campaign ...
Wade extended his streak of games of over 20 points to seven ... The Bulls are
13-3 when holding the opposition under 90 points and 5-10 when they don't.
01/05 01:05:53 ET
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