The Miami Heat Dominate The Chicago Bulls In Miami, 112-99

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22)( Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22)( Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat walked into the FTX Arena on Monday night with an opportunity to separate themselves from the team that has been jousting with them for the NBA‘s Eastern Conference’s top-seed all season.

Stepping onto the court with DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and their Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat knew that they had a battle on their hands. It was sure to be one that would be a back-and-forth contest and that would come down to the very last second on the clock to determine a winner— until that didn’t happen.

The Miami Heat, absolutely, obliterated the Chicago Bulls in a wire-to-wire fashion and the final score does what actually happened no justice! From the opening buzzer to the last horn, the Miami Heat were the better team on the floor.

The Chicago team did try to make a little run in the middle of the game but the Miami Heat quickly nipped that in the bud. They locked down the Bulls’ best players.

The Miami Heat knew they had a tough contest on their hands entering Monday. Well, that was until they made it look like one of the easiest wins of the year.

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They made big shots. They dominated them at the rim.

And they dunked the ball through the hoop all night long. They defended like the team they know how to be, playing the passing lanes, blocking shots, and getting between offensive players and the rim.

They did everything! Jimmy Butler had four steals in the game before it even got going good and that was just enough to set the tone for what ended up being a Miami Heat freakshow of a blowout.

What the Miami Heat did on Monday night was, not only, put the Eastern Conference and the Chicago Bulls on notice but they put the entire league on notice. They said that they are not to be joked around with— that’s for certain.

Here’s the kicker. They did this without the third-best player on the team on the floor for them.

They were without their floor general, their leader, and the number one quarterback on the depth chart, Kyle Lowry.

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It was a heck of a night. They’ll take this one in, get some rest, and prepare for another showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.