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Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

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8-5, 4-4 Away
Final
97 - 102

5-9, 4-5 Home
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DeMar DeRozan scores 23 as Bulls erase 21-point deficit and end Heat's winning streak at 7 games

Coby White makes impressive layup for Bulls

For the third straight game, the Bulls fell behind by double digits and were forced to try to mount a comeback. Despite trailing 22-1 midway through the first quarter, with boos reigning down from the home fans, the Bulls managed to snap their three-game losing streak with a furious fourth-quarter rally.

“We’ve been here before,” Zach LaVine said was the message Bulls players had for each other after another slow start. “It’s a trend that we don’t want to have. We’re going to have to nip it in the bud sooner than later. We haven’t figured it out on why it’s multiple times coming from behind.”

Alex Caruso scored 11 points and all five Chicago starters reached double figures. Nikola Vucevic added 15 points, Coby White scored 14 and LaVine contributed 13.

Jimmy Butler scored 25 for the Heat, who didn’t trail in the game until the final minute. But Butler missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the final seconds. Bam Adebayo had 24 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Duncan Robinson added 17.

“We started out great,” Butler said. “We’re known for doing that. And then we let it get easy on them. They made shots, as they’ve done in the past against us and against multiple other teams. We let one get away.”

Caruso’s 3-pointer in front of the Heat bench with 51.8 seconds remaining gave the Bulls their first lead of the game, before DeRozan’s turnaround 18-foot fadeaway put Chicago up for good with 22 seconds left.

“I was trying to bait (Butler) into coming, but I knew he wasn’t going to leave off Zach,” DeRozan said of setting up his decisive shot. “It definitely felt good to see it go (in), get the crowd reaction especially with how we started.”

Despite a shooting performance that began miserably from the line and the field, DeRozan hit two free throws with five seconds left to put the game out of reach.

The Bulls missed their first 10 shots and fell behind 22-1 before LaVine broke the shooting drought with a running jumper more than seven minutes into the first quarter.

“It was 20-1, right? There’s nothing good going on when that’s happening,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who noted a season-high 45 3-point attempts as part of the comeback. “We talked about it at the walkthrough today. I put up not a lot, but enough clips of guys passing up shots. They need to shoot the basketball when they’re open.”

This was the first matchup between the teams since the Heat rallied from a late fourth-quarter deficit to win a Play-In Tournament game over the Bulls in April. From there, the Heat entered the playoffs and launched their improbable run to the NBA Finals.

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The teams play again on Monday, again at the United Center in Chicago.

Regular Season Series

CHI leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Bulls: 37.4%
Heat: 62.6%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 97 - 102
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 97 - 102
4th 1.0 Nikola Vucevic defensive rebound 97 - 102
4th 1.0 Kyle Lowry misses 27-foot three point pullup jump shot 97 - 102
4th 5.1 DeMar DeRozan makes free throw 2 of 2 97 - 102

Statistics

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33-77 FG 36-81
42.9 Field Goal % 44.4
12-36 3PT 16-45
33.3 Three Point % 35.6
19-23 FT 14-19
82.6 Free Throw % 73.7
34 Rebounds 44
5 Offensive Rebounds 10
29 Defensive Rebounds 34
23 Assists 24
9 Steals 9
0 Blocks 6
15 Turnovers 12
0 Team Turnovers 1
15 Total Turnovers 13
0 Technical Fouls 0
0 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
17 Points Off Turnovers 13
10 Fast Break Points 19
22 Points in Paint 32
18 Fouls 22
21 Largest Lead 5

Game Information

United Center

Location: Chicago, IL
Attendance: 18,063 · Capacity:

2023-24 Southeast Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Miami 30 25 .545 - W2
Orlando 30 25 .545 - W1
Atlanta 24 31 .436 6 L2
Charlotte 13 41 .241 16.5 W3
Washington 9 45 .167 20.5 L8

2023-24 Central Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland - 17 W1 0.6792453 36
Milwaukee 2.5 21 L2 0.625 35
Indiana 6.5 25 W1 0.5535714 31
Chicago 11 29 L1 0.47272727 26
Detroit 28.5 46 L3 0.14814815 8
Full Standings

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