When you have two powerhouses colliding, it was only a matter of time until the tempers flared. The beasts in the East tried to keep their cool and play, but being elite defenses this game got physical. There was a lot of talking going on, some hard fouls, and a couple technicals. It was a playoff atmosphere and the intensity was the perfect way to end the season series. Miami is heating up, notching their 5th straight win and pulling within a game and a half for the top seed in the East. If both teams handle their business they will clash in the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF). Tonight Chris Bosh (rest) and Derrick Rose (foot) were sidelined.
1st Quarter: LeBron James was dominant and Mario Chalmers got off to a hot start; Luol Deng and Joakim Noah kept the Bulls in reach.
2nd Quarter: Defensive struggle, John Lucas III hit a few jumpers. Udonis Haslem threw down a jam down the lane, assisted by James.
3rd Quarter: James got the offense back on track, Mike Miller hit a big 3; Taj Gibson gave the Bulls some life.
4th Quarter: Dwyane Wade was cold most of the night but he stepped up when needed and Shane Battier hit a timely 3-pointer. Miami contested shots defensively, locking down the Bulls to 2-16 from 3-point land. Both teams trapped and double-teamed a little bit, a strategy both used last postseason.
James: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists
Wade: 18 points, 5 assists, 3 steals
Chalmers: 16 points, 2 steals
Lucas III: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Noah: 15 points, 10 rebounds
Boozer: 10 points, 5 rebounds