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NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Miami



(Friday, March 12th)

Final Score: Miami 108, Chicago 95

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Quentin Richardson made 7-of-11 three-pointers on his way to 23 points while pulling down seven rebounds, as the Miami Heat handled the Chicago Bulls, 108-95.

Jermaine O'Neal had a season-high 25 points to go with six rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 2-0 on a six-game homestand and have won five of six, overall. Dwyane Wade chipped in 22 points and seven assists for Miami, which got 17 points off the bench from Mario Chalmers.

"This one we had to find out different ways to win," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We had to do it a little bit ugly. We tried to grind it offensively."

James Johnson and Jannero Pargo each finished with 20 points for the Bulls, who dropped to 0-2 on a four-game road trip and lost for a seventh straight time overall. Brad Miller tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Flip Murray registered 15 points off the bench in defeat.

Already without Luol Deng (calf) and Joakim Noah (foot), Chicago was without the services of All-Star point guard Derrick Rose (sprained left wrist).

With the score tied at 53-all early in the third, the Heat went on a 19-7 spurt. O'Neal tallied eight points during the stretch, including a hook shot to make it a 72-60 game with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. The score was 79-67 heading to the fourth.

Ahead 84-77 midway through the fourth, Miami went on an 11-0 burst to essentially seal the victory. The Bulls lost their cool during the flurry, with Miller receiving a flagrant foul and technical foul. Kirk Hinrich got a technical as well before being ejected for arguing with the officials and making contact with one. Chicago was down by 18, 95-77, following the run.

"It's because the referee stopped," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "That's the only reason he bumped him. Kirk wasn't going in to bump him or anything."

Ahead 15-13 near the midway point of the first quarter, the Heat ripped off seven straight points with Wade's deuce making it 22-13 with 2:17 left. Miami led after 12 minutes, 28-22.

Miami extended the margin to 10 early in the second, but the Bulls then scored seven consecutive points to get within three, 32-29, on a Miller free throw with about eight minutes remaining.

Chicago kept it close and tied the game at 49-all on Johnson's three-point play with 30 seconds to go. Wade's free throw gave Miami a 50-49 edge at the break.

Game Notes

The Heat lead the season series with the Bulls, 2-1...Chicago has lost five straight games at Miami...The Heat were without forward Michael Beasley due to a bruised left thigh...Miami suspended forward Dorell Wright for two games after he was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license on Thursday...Miami went 24-of-32 from the foul line, while the Bulls made 12-of-17 shots from the charity stripe.

03/13 00:24:43 ET


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