CHICAGO (WSCR) Without facing elimination, Game 4 was about as close to a must-win game for the Chicago Bulls as you can get. Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Bulls could either come home tied or facing elimination.

And at the end of a hard fought game that went into overtime, the Bulls just didn’t have enough left to overcome LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

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“They had their shot,” Sam Smith, of, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “And they hung in there, they took, that boxing analogy, every punch, and they really played a good game for the most part. They did what they do, you know, they don’t have the offense of [Miami], and you know, I guess they didn’t make enough difference in rebounding.”

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But with the game tied, and the seconds ticking away in regulation, league MVP Derrick Rose held the ball in his hand, going one-on-one against last year’s league MVP.

“You have a chance to win,” Smith said. “With your best player sitting with the ball with eight seconds to go, you know, you take that, especially on the road in a game like that.”

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“It was a really great game and somebody had to lose it.”