Bulls extinguish Heat
With 1:06 left in the game and the crowd chanting MVP while he was being guarded by Lebron James, Drose hit a big jumper to give the Bulls a 89-84 lead.
50 seconds later with the Heat focusing their entire defense on Rose again be guarding by Lebron, Dwayne Wade cheated off of Luol Deng leaving him wide up to hit the dagger 3, breaking the tie and giving the Bulls a 92-89 lead.
When it was all said and done the Bulls were victorious for the second time against the Miami Heat. Unlike the first matchup that had Lebron James in street clothes and Chris Bosh leaving with an injury all the big 3 played in this one. Well actually not sure if Bosh actually did show up to play since he went 1 of 18 from the field.
But Bosh wasn't the only member of the Heat not to show up. The Miami bench managed to score only 2 points but to be fair to them they only inserted 3 players off the bench with 4 of their starters playing over 40 minutes each.
Early on the Bulls looked like the same team that lost to Toronto on Wednesday but in the second half it was a very different story. After being down by 10 at halftime the Bulls managed to lead by 9 during the 4th quarter. Luol Deng's play in the third quarter was the big difference in the third quarter. Also not to be overlooked was the play of rookie Omer Asik who grabbed 11 rebounds in his 21 minutes of action.
With the win it gives the Bulls the win in the season series since the two teams only play 3 times. This could be huge come playoff time with home court so important to both of these teams. The Bulls are 26-4 at home while only .500 on the road.
The Bulls next take on the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Tip off at 7:30. The game starts a 5 games road trip that will bring them to Washington DC, to Atlanta to see former teammate Kirk Hinrich who just got traded to the Hawks, then the team will hit Florida playing first in Orlando and then finishing the season series with the Heat on March 6. I would expect Bulls to go 4-1 but would be happy with a 3-2 but let's be honest they could also go 5-0 since there are no back to backs on the trip.
It is going to be a fun run to the playoffs.