It wasn't the prettiest game to watch, plagued with sloppy turnovers, but the Heat came up with the win against the Bulls on Thursday.
LeBron James had another efficient performance tonight, toying with Bulls defenders and reeking havoc in the interior. James finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 11-15 shooting, including a stiff arm, and 1 he completed through rookie Marquis Teague.
"We're just playing Miami Heat basketball. We want to try and create turnovers and create some easy buckets. It's just another win on a long NBA season." - James said
Joakim Noah lead the way for the Bulls and had solid all around effort as usual. Noah has been one of the best frontcourt players in the NBA this season and might be the early leader for defensive player of the year. He finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Coming off one of his worst games of the season, Chris Bosh struggled again, finishing with just 12 points and 4 rebounds. He shot the ball better tonight but was virtually nonexistent on the glass once again. I really find it baffling how a near seven footer struggles to rebound consistently.
Dwyane Wade was relatively quite on the night, but still managed to outrebound Bosh, posting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Heat have now won 9 straight games, the longest active winning streak in the NBA, and sport a comfortable 5 and a half lead above the second seed New York Knicks. The Bulls and Heat are now 1-1 on the season so far.