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Heat defeat Bulls; Take 3-1 series lead
Was it the Marquis Teague tip into the wrong basket? Or the nine point third quarter? Or the Norris Cole 3 to end that third quarter? Any of these things could sum up the Bulls’ night, as they very much looked like an undermanned team, getting throttled 88-65 against Miami.
After shooting just 25 percent for the game, you have to wonder if this Bulls team is running on empty. Their catalyst, Nate Robinson, who had been at the center of huge wins in Game 4 versus Brooklyn and Game 1 against the Heat, scored zero points, on 0-12 shooting. Their emotional leader, Joakim Noah, had six point on only one made basket. After getting blown out for the second time in three games, it looks like Game 5 in Miami could be it for the Bulls’ season.
As for the Heat, they coasted through most of the second half, holding the Bulls to that nine-point third quarter and leading by 19 to begin the fourth. LeBron James lead all scorers with 27 points, to go with seven boards and eight dimes. The Heat were uncharacteristically sloppy for parts of the second and third quarters, but their defense kept the Bulls from ever really being in the game.
Chris Bosh, who scored 12 points in the first half, was LeBron’s main sidekick early on. In the second half, everyone got in the scoring mix for the Heat, as LeBron started settling in and finding open shooters. Dwyane Wade, whose six points all came in the third quarter, looked banged up after a small collision in the first half. His health will be a concern as Miami goes forward.
So after shocking the Heat and winning Game 1 in Miami, the tide has turned on the Bulls and they had back down 3-1. Game 5 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.
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