Bulls Lose To Heat, Season Ends In Conference Finals

CHICAGO (AP) In a must-win game, the Chicago Bulls had another late game scoring drought as they dropped Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals by a score of 83-80.

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined to win a championship. Well, now they have their shot.

James scored 28 points, Wade added 21 and the Miami Heat eliminated Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.

James and Wade were simply spectacular down the stretch, each scoring eight during a game-ending 18-3 run as Miami wiped out a 12-point deficit to clinch this series.

Now, the Heat are headed back to the NBA finals for the first time since 2006, and in a fitting twist, they’ll be facing the Mavericks. Back then, with Wade leading the way, Miami beat Dallas to capture the championship. This time, it’ll be James and Dirk Nowitzki going for their first rings.

For Miami’s Big Three, this was the plan right from the start. The Heat had their difficulties along the way, but look at them now.

They just knocked off the team that won more games than any other, that boasted the league’s MVP in Rose and sent expectations soaring around Chicago in a way not seen since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were racking up championships.

Rose led Chicago with 25 points but hit just 9 of 29 shots. He fouled Wade on a key four-point play and missed a tying free throw with 26.7 seconds left.

James had 11 rebounds and six assists. Wade’s late surge helped negate his nine turnovers. Bosh added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Heat pulled out a dramatic win.

The Bulls looked like they were in good shape up 77-65 with about three minutes to go, but Wade started the deciding run with a runner and layup. A 3 by James pulled Miami within 77-72 with 2:07 left. Rose then scored on a spin move in the lane, but fouled Wade as he nailed a 3, resulting in a four-point play.

Then, after a miss by Rose, James tied it at 79 with another 3 with 1:01 remaining, sending a loud groan through the arena.

James buried another jumper to put Miami ahead 81-79 with 29.5 seconds left. Rose immediately got fouled by James, but missed the second free throw after making the first.

Kurt Thomas then tipped the inbounds pass, but the Heat recovered, leading to two free throws for Bosh. The Bulls still had one more chance to tie it, but Kyle Korver got doubled up top and passed to Rose on the wing. His 3-pointer got blocked by James, with Udonis Haslem doubling him as time expired.

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  • Dan Rakow

    Chicago Bulls had a Excelent run this past Season However Bulls just ran out of Gas during Miami Heat Series in the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • stucky

    spiegle did you wear your crocs to the game mcneil needs a partner who isnt so effeminate

  • Leisa

    Rough, rough, rough. But a great season, Bulls, and a hard fought series with the Heat. Experiencing the “agony of defeat” will hopefully help our heroes in the future. Go Bulls! Congrats on your wonderful season.

  • mike

    unless the bulls land howard. they have no chance for the next 4-5 years. new york and miami will only get better.

    and what is the fascination with asik??? he is awful!!! and to think the bulls didn’t want to part with him at the deadline… absurd!

  • Juan Suarez

    Let’s GO Heat!!!! You have no chance. Chicago SUCKS!!! Who wants to live there. Obama is from there, Al Capone, Jordan (overrated), Rose (very, very overrated), most corrupted city in the US, too cold. What a horrible city.

    • miami sammy

      Hey jon, this is not the right wing nut job birthe bus tour. Call palin and trump.


    Guys, it’s okay. Kerry Wood is starting Game 7.

    And, this is the biggest boat from the White Star line.

  • Jay

    As a Heat fan, I want to say that Chicago is a GREAT team & I look forward to more epic battles in the coming years…

  • miami sammy

    It is amazing how all you heard all season is the bulls defense. This series showed which team had the better defense. It also showed that the big three are the real deal. Stop blaming the. Refs and admit that the better team won.

    • SArm

      I wouldn’t say that Miami has the better defense, but rather that Chicago just has a terrible offense. The majority of teams held the Bulls under 100 points all year, but keeping Miami under 100 is a real task, and Chicago did that to the Heat every game this series (save for the one that went to OT).

      The better team DID win, but the praise for the Bulls’ defense is not unwarranted.

  • big time sucker

    here’s the dilema, the bulls are stuck with the same team next year that they had this year. there aren’t a bunch of changes they can make that are real difference makers. here’s a long shot as both a makable move and as a difference making move because there is a huge risk involved. Taj Gibson, #1 pick and cash maybe to portland for Brandon Roy. If Roy is available adn if portland covets gibson, i think they can make it work, but roy is injury prone and don’t know how affective he still is, but the options at that 2 guard position are slim. i thought about maybe deng and #1 for Rudy Gay but their numbers are very similar even though Gay is probably a bit better at getting his own shot. Gibson and #1 for OJ Mayo, if that is the best gettable 2 guard out there, well that pretty much explains the lack of league wide depth at that position

  • stucky

    spiegel needs to change his tampon

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