NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Miami|
(Tuesday, October 29th)
Final Score: Miami 107, Chicago 95
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat took in one last chance to
relish their 2012-13 championship season. Then it was back to business.
The two-time defending NBA title-holders sent a clear message to one of the
expected top challengers to their crown, using a torrid shooting display
and a dominant second quarter to deal the Chicago Bulls a 107-95 loss in the
season opener for both Eastern Conference contenders at American Airlines
Seven Miami players finished with double-figure points in a balanced offensive
effort, and the Heat outscored the Bulls by a 37-18 margin during the pivotal
second quarter to put their opponent at a substantial deficit it could never
Reigning league MVP LeBron James paced Miami's spread-the-wealth attack with
17 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds, while Chris Bosh
netted 16 points and Shane Battier went 4-for-4 from 3-point range to
contribute 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Heat hit on 11-of-20
attempts from beyond the arc and shot 51.4 percent overall.
"We're a complete basketball team. There is no pressure for us to go out and
perform. We move the ball offensively and have a lot of guys that can make
plays. That is what we're about, guys picking each other up," said James.
Despite a 31-point outburst from Carlos Boozer, the return of Derrick Rose
still produced an undesired outcome for the Bulls. The star point guard,
playing in his first meaningful game since tearing his left ACL during the
2012 Eastern Conference playoffs, went just 4-for-15 from the field and had
five turnovers while accumulating 12 points.
"I am disappointed with the loss. My performance, I can easily change that by
making shots and limiting my turnovers. The second quarter really caught up to
us," Rose said.
Luol Deng managed only four points in the loss while being saddled with foul
trouble for much of the first half. Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for Chicago.
Following a lavish pregame ceremony and the unveiling of the franchise's
latest championship banner, the Heat started off slowly. Miami misfired on
nine of its first 10 shot attempts in falling behind by a 9-2 score four
minutes in, but caught fire during a second-quarter barrage that turned a
close contest into a budding rout.
Miami knocked down four 3-pointers during a 13-0 run that staked the reigning
champs to a 23-18 lead with a minute elapsed in the period, and the Heat
ripped off 17 consecutive points later in the frame to open up a 41-20
advantage with under 4 1/2 minutes to go in the half.
The Heat cruised into the break owning a commanding 54-33 cushion behind a
63.2 percent shooting clip for the second quarter, which included a 5-for-5
success rate from beyond the arc.
Chicago, on the other hand, went an off-target 6-for-20 from the field for the
frame while turning the ball over six times.
The Heat continued to lead comfortably entering the game's final six minutes,
though Chicago put forth a late charge to at least make it interesting. A 7-0
spurt capped by a Kirk Hinrich trey pulled the Bulls within 91-79, and the
differential was later whittled down to eight after Boozer drove the lane and
scored to make it a 95-87 game with 2:46 remaining.
Battier sank a clutch triple with 1:33 left to give the Heat some breathing
room at 100-89, however, and both James and Bosh came through with big shots
late to help keep the Bulls at bay.
The Heat were routed by a 108-66 score by the Bulls in their 2006-07 opener at
home, which followed the franchise's first NBA championship campaign ... Miami
posted a 120-107 win over visiting Boston in last year's lid-lifter ... Bulls
center Joakim Noah, bothered a sore groin coming in, had just two points in 20
minutes but pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds ... Ray Allen and Norris Cole
each had 11 points off the bench for Miami, with Allen going 3-for-6 from 3-
point range ...Chicago had gone 8-0 during the preseason.
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