Bulls Lose To Heat In OT, Trail 3-1 In Series

MIAMI (AP) At the end of four quarters, the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat found themselves right where they started the game, all tied up.

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LeBron James scored 35 points, Chris Bosh added 22 and the Heat moved within one win of the NBA finals with a wild 101-93 overtime victory over the Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference title series on Tuesday night.

Dwyane Wade scored six of his 14 points in the final 2:08 for Miami, which has won three straight for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven.

Game 5 is Thursday in Chicago.

Derrick Rose scored 23 points for the Bulls, who got 20 apiece from Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. Chicago has lost three straight games for the first time this season.

Mike Miller scored 12 for Miami, which remained perfect at home in the playoffs, now 8-0.

Wade went scoreless for nearly 33 straight minutes, before making a jumper with 2:08 left to help Miami keep the lead. And after James made a contested jumper with 29 seconds left for a six-point lead, Wade soared to block Derrick Rose’s layup from out of almost nowhere on the next Chicago possession.

At long last, it was over.

Bosh scored the first four points of overtime, and the Heat – now 8-0 at home in the playoffs – never trailed in the extra session. James closed it with two free throws with 1.4 seconds left, his 12th and 13th of the night, all without a miss. Bosh was 10 for 11 from the line, and Miami outscored Chicago 32-17 in that department.

This game will be remembered for was how the Heat rallied around Wade – then watched him save his best for the very end.

The 2006 NBA finals MVP was in the arena late Monday night, trying to work on some things in one of his customary playoff after-dark sessions.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. This seemed like it would be the latter.

Whatever answer he sought, he didn’t find for much of Game 4. Wade made just 5 of 16 shots from the field, lacking his usual lift at the rim. He made a pair of free throws with 1:50 left in the first half for his seventh and eighth points, and didn’t score again until overtime.

Better late than never.

That was just the start for the Heat.

Chicago turned the ball over on its next two possessions, Wade turned the second of those into a layup with 1:01 left for a 95-89 lead, and the Heat soon knew they were one win away from the title round.

Mike Miller scored 12 for Miami.

The fourth quarter was pure theater, both teams clearly knowing – clearly relishing – the stakes.

Miami scored the first seven points for a 70-69 lead. Chicago took the lead back on a pair of free throws by Rose with 6:34 left, and Miami answered with a four-point possession – two free throws by Bosh after a flagrant foul against Boozer, followed by Miller making a jumper over Rose for a 78-77 edge.

Back and forth from there, with the lead, the momentum, control of the series, all seeming to turn every time the ball crossed midcourt.

Rose had a chance with 28 seconds left, his jumper from the left side hitting the rim and eventually being corralled by Miller. The Heat called time with 23 seconds left, 18 seconds on the shot clock, everyone in the building probably thinking the play would be set up for James.

It was. And it never got a chance for liftoff.

Referee Bennett Salvatore called James for an offensive foul with 8 seconds left, saying Ronnie Brewer beat him to the spot as the two-time MVP tried to back down the right side of the lane.

So instead of winning the game late in regulation, James had to simply try to send it to overtime with defense. He guarded Rose on the final possession before overtime, forcing the Chicago guard into a taking a jumper that fell way short, and off to an extra 5 minutes they went.

A day after being fined $50,000 for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan in Game 3, Bulls center Joakim Noah had six points and 14 rebounds in 45 minutes. And there seemed to be very little, if any, unusual rancor from Miami fans toward Noah.

Chicago’s lead was 46-44 at halftime, after some wild emotional swings – a 19-4 run by the Bulls, followed by a 29-9 spurt for the Heat, then capped by an 18-7 rebuttal by the Bulls to close the second quarter.

Game 2 star Udonis Haslem replaced Bosh with 3:49 left in the opening quarter, and for whatever reason, that was when the Heat began what became a 20-point turnaround over the next 10 minutes. They took a 19-8 deficit and turned it into a 37-28 lead, with Haslem on the floor the entire way.

Chicago grabbed the lead back, thanks to – who else? – the MVP.

Rose was 2 for 11 after getting blocked by James with 5:01 left in the half, and wouldn’t remain quiet much longer. He blew past Mario Chalmers for a dunk with 2:03 left until halftime, then had an even better slam – getting free with a crossover dribble, then elevating past Joel Anthony at the rim – for another three-point play 25 seconds later to put Chicago back on top.

The Heat never led in the third quarter, but Chicago never pulled away.

The Bulls were up by eight and had possession with 3 minutes left, before Miami scored eight of the game’s next 10 points to make a precarious deficit a bit more manageable and set up the unbelievable final quarter.

NOTES: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sat with Heat owner Micky Arison near midcourt. … Wade missed a dunk in the first quarter, the second straight game he’s had a slam attempt blocked by the rim. … The teams combined for 21 turnovers in Game 3. They had 22 by the midpoint of the third quarter on Tuesday night. … Bulls reserve C Omer Asik, who tweaked an ankle in Game 3, logged two minutes on Tuesday, limping noticeably.

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  • Disgusted

    I already know the answer to this, but, can we trade Boozer? Not worth the money. Also, hopefully we can get a dominate #2 in the off season!

  • limp

    whats wrong with chicago’s sport teams???BEARS good defence but poor offence,Blackhawks got almost bounce back(one on the firs 3 game they should easy win!!!),not mention Cubs&Sox,BULLS they got this game in first minutes they just blow up…But last second of 4th quater???Rose should make fake throw and quick pas>>>and game over….This is pathetic..but his not only one ..Noah???Korvac??How we can compare with LeBron,Wade,Bosh??another press conference crying??

    • Spoon

      What, in gods name, are you trying to say? That entire abortion of a paragraph makes my eyes hurt and my brain sore…

  • Jon, Montgomery

    Bulls are overrated. Miami is dominating and Rose is choking on the big stage.

    Heat over the Mavericks in 7 games.


      That one was a real shame.

      Miami had guys who could score on command in the Fourth, but the Bulls still had a chance to win.

      • Murphs Upper-Lip

        They’ve looked like sh!t in all three losses, and really in my opinion more due to their lack of performance, not the Heat’s “D”. I don’t want to sound like I’m not giving the Heat their due, they have played well, but the Bulls just are not hitting open shots and attacking the basket like they should be. Would never bet a team will come back from a 3-1 deficit, especially against a very good team, but I think the Bulls have a better than average chance of coming back than most teams in this position. (Miss seeing your guys posts on a regular basis on Danny’s blog.)

    • Spoon

      If that qualifies as dominating/choking… you have the bar set pretty low for those terms.

      • Spoon

        Not at all, but I disagree about the dominating and choking part. One game by each team looked dominant, and Rose being well covered by 2 defenders, including LBJ doesnt make me think he’s choking.

      • Jon, Montgomery

        Other than game 1 Miami has been dominating, And you can’t tell me that Rose is having a good series.

  • http://garykatzjokesrgood4u.wordpress.com garykatzjokesrgood4u

    38 free throws for Miami versus 22 for the Bulls tells me it’s hard for the Bulls to play 5 on 6. Still, when you have the chance to win at the end of regulation and don’t even hit the rim, you deserve to lose.

    • Miami Sammy

      Oh please, stop crying foul with the officiating. Who was more aggressive? You meant to say: how can the Big(really small one) 1 beat the Big 3? HUh

    • Spoon

      That’s the problem with basketball, whoever loses cries about refs and fouls, see Heat fan forum posts after game one, for example.It’s a game that sets itself up for fan outrage due to officiating VERY easily, and for a new or casual fan, it’s completely baffling trying to figure out what’s occuring.

      These playoffs have reminded me exactly why I dont watch basketball.

  • abah

    Hey Bulls Fans’ it is time to face reality; the Big three is just too much. Derick Rose is a great Player, but Lebron is truely King. Time to stop the Hating.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      Heat are very good, but doesn’t mean I can’t keep hating.

      • Spoon

        Much like cancer or AIDS, both are impressive and strong diseases, and in no way do I have to respect or ‘stop hatin’ on either one of them. The Heat have given people all the reasons they want or need to hate them, and have very clearly embraced that role. Sports likes and dislikes are not rational, even the term Sports Fan(atic) tells you that from the start.

        Obligatory l2spell, l2punctuation, Lebron’s a tool; etc.

  • mike

    i really felt this was the bulls’ best chance for a title. the heat will only get better as most free agents would take a pay cut to play for the heat. the bulls will not be able to land a shooter that will make a big difference, and don’t count on deng staying healthy for an entire season again, that was a fluke….

  • Ash

    Congrats to Heat on a nice game – oh yes and please feel free to celebrate prematurely! If you’d like videos on how to celebrate NBA championships, just watch the 6 championships that the Bulls have won and you can take some notes on being classy if you’d like. Oh wait, there’s also a team that plays basketball in Dallas I think, so you kinda have to beat them before you declare yourself kings and queens.

    • mike

      they will.

    • AT3374

      The Heat are just a better team overall , Chicago fans just need to come to grips with that . Heat vs Mavs will be a great series . Bulls need a 2 guard that can get his own shot and defend his position .

      And sadly no we can’t trade Boozer , though he’s played well but not being able to hold his own defensively at his position hurts .

      • Murphs Upper-Lip

        Missed open shots is just a bad coincidence to happen right now. This is one of the Bulls worst stretches of basketball, too bad it’s happening in the conference finals. Unless you think that their lack of deep postseason experience is a real affect, and I don’t think that’s the case with this team…

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  • stucky

    spiegel can you sound any more effeminate?

    • Spoon

      Only if you can sound any more ignorant or stupid.

  • stucky

    all the homers though the bulls could win with a stiff like boozer

  • stucky

    rose choked boozer is a stiff and noah is high this is your contending team haha

  • Miami Sammy

    Bulls Played their game. they choked and lost. simple. stop the excuses bulls fans.

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