Mar 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard John Lucas (center) shoots between Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) and center Joel Anthony (right) and small forward LeBron James (rear) in the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
The stage was set Wednesday night for the top two teams in the Eastern Conference to square off. Without their MVP Derrick Rose, Chicago looked to hold court against the Big 3 and the Miami Heat.
Lebron James and Dwyane Wade dominated the game early, taking over offensively and combining to score all 23 of Miami's 1st quarter points.
Chicago ramped it up in the second quarter, outworking the Miami Heat on the glass and capitalizing on multiple second chance points.
The Heat found themselves down by 9 at halftime, struggling from the perimeter and getting outscored 34-2 in bench points.
Lebron James was hot throughout the entire game, scoring 20 first half points. He took over the 3rd quarter, keeping the Heat in striking distance and finished with 35 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals on the night.
Dwyane Wade was big down the stretch once again, scoring 19 points in the 4th quarter. He finished with 36 points and 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough.
Chris Bosh just couldn't find his shot tonight, struggling throughout and finishing with 12 points on 3-15 shooting.
There was a questionable out of bounds call late that appeared to go off Kyle Korver but went to the Bulls and surprisingly didn't garner a review from the officials.
Miami will have a day off tomorrow but will look to bounce back on Friday when they head to Philadelphia to play the Sixers on ESPN.
- Lebron James scored 30 or more points for 18th time this season, the 2nd most in the NBA this year
- Chicago is now 18-0 in games where they score at least 100 points
- Dwyane Wade and Lebron James combined for 71 points
- Miami got outscored in bench points 56-15
- Miami got outrebounded 50-34
- The Heat have now lost their 2nd game in a row
- Miami players other than Lebron and Wade, combined to shot just 8-34