MIAMI, FL - APRIL 19: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat shoots over Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls during a game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
C.J. Watson got the start but it was John Lucas who stepped up in Rose's absence, finishing with 16 points and Joakim Noah doubled doubled with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The game got chippy midway through the 2nd quarter, when James Jones got ejected with a flagrant foul 2 on Joakim Noah.
Miami cranked up the defense in the 2nd, holding the Bulls to just 5-18 shooting and went into the half with a 42-40 lead.
The physical play continued in the 3rd quarter, when Dwyane Wade was assessed a flagrant foul 1 for a hard shove on Richard Hamilton. The two would exchange words and continued to play each other tight throughout.
Minutes later LeBron James would set a hard pick on John Lucas, resulting in a brief altercation and whistle of double technicals.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored 16 of Miami's 24 points in the 3rd and the Heat would close out the quarter with a 66-61 lead.
The Bulls struggled early in the 4th quarter and Miami went on a 7-0 run to take a 10 point lead off a 3-point basket from Shane Battier with 7 minutes remaining.
Miami showcased their 15th starting lineup of the season
LeBron James left the game briefly in the 4th quarter with leg cramps but would return
Bulls were held to a season low 72 points
Heat are now a NBA's best 27-4 at home
Bulls shot just 36%
Miami out-rebounded Chicago 45-40 and held Bulls to just 5 second chance points
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