Bulls End Slide By Dominating Heat Inside; Pistons Next

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Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 2.07.06 AMYeah! Always nice to beat the Heat… With Derrick exiting the stage yet again with injury and the Bulls going 1-5 on their circus road trip and following that up by losing two winnable games in the closing moments, many fans, myself included wondered what the heck would happen when the Heat came to town.

I wasn’t altogether sure that this group would find the motivation to compete against the Heat (not at a high level anyway), just based on a recent eye test. I should have known better. The Chicago Bulls came out and just exposed Miami on the interior. To be fair, Miami was without Wade and Birdman. As a result, their perimeter defense and rebounding were vulnerable and Chicago smelled blood in the water. Very comforting to see Bulls bounce back, focus and dominate a team like this.

Game Synopsis:
Bulls benefitted from whistles they would have never gotten in Miami… (24 vs. 32 FT attempts) Bulls also controlled, dominated and relentlessly went into the paint. Miami missed shots that they usually make (coupled with only 6 off rebs) and the Bulls defense kept them a little uncomfortable. They also failed in the effort and energy categories from the very start, although James began the contest with a couple of aggressive drives and finishes at the rim.

Game Changer:
Miami was able to trim the lead down to 12 pts. at the 5 min mark of the 4th quarter but the Bulls went on a 14-6 run to close the game, including 2 threes by Luol.

Stat of the Night:
Bulls out rebounded the Heat 49-27

Peak Performer(s):
C. Boozer CHI (27pts 9rebs 1asts 0stls 0blk) 33min**
L. Deng CHI (20pts 5rebs 5asts 0stls 1blk) 42min
T. Gibson CHI (19pts 6rebs 0asts 1stls 1blk) 24min
J. Noah CHI (17pts 15rebs 3asts 1stl 0blk) 33min
**Team high pts.

Weak Performer(s):
C. Bosh MIA (10pts 2rebs 1asts 0stl 2blk) 27min

Rookie Watch:
Snell continued his strong play in his fifth start … 8 pts on 3-7 shooting (2-4 from three). Kept a nice, long body on James at times and also managed 2 asts and 3 rebs.

Main Hashtag:
#MIAvsCHI

In Game Tweets:

Sideline Skinny:

  • Teague who had been sent down to the Iowa Energy DLeague affiliate of the Bulls had to turn around and come back because of a Mike James right knee sprain… He was 0-3, but had 3 assists and looked a little bit more comfortable.
  • The Bulls continue to be the most successful NBA team against the Miami Heat in the regular season: 8-5 overall record.
  • Wade missed the game due to flu-like symptoms and Birdman also missed the trip due to personal reasons.

What’s Next?

Detroit at the UC tonight… WGN at 7:00 CST.

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 2.04.04 AMA fellow “Heat” slayer enters the UC tonight. Detroit laid the wood on Miami, in Miami right before Chicago did and they are on a three game winning streak. They also want to attack inside with their bigs (Drummond, Monroe and Smith). Jennings, Stuckey, Bynum and Jerebko can also all score in bunches. Bulls will have to play hard, shore up their perimeter defense and patrol the paint to make sure there is no let down after what must have been an emotional win. Go Bulls! –ct

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