Bulls Dominate Early and Hold on to Defeat Heat in NBA Showdown
The Bulls ended up doing something that not even Jordan’s great teams did. A 33-8 run to start the game set the tone and made the Miami Heat try in vain to catch them the rest of the way. Chicago topped the Heat 124-116, with Coby White scoring 26 and reserve Ayo Dosunmu adding 24. Nikola Vucevic finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls. DeMar DeRozan scored 23, and White had 11 assists and seven rebounds. The 25-point lead in the first quarter was the Bulls’ biggest since the Michael Jordan era and not something the great Bulls teams had done since 1969. Chicago had four players with at least 23 points, something not seen since 1969. Miami got it down to 14 by the end of the first quarter, ran the lead back out to 24 and rallied again. They outscored the Bulls 27-7 to get within 60-56 at halftime. The Heat never stopped returning, being within three early in the third quarter. Chicago burst ahead to build the lead back to 14. The Heat closed to 105-101, but the Bulls pushed the lead back to 11. Miami rallied again but was unable to overcome the Bulls’ lead.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 22 for Miami, with Jimmy Butler scoring 20, Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin each having 17, and Kevin Love with 16.
Alex Caruso returned for Chicago but quickly departed again with another injury, having missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle. Chicago started strong, and Miami played on the second night of a back-to-back. League-leading scorer and Bulls star Zach LaVine missed his fourth consecutive game due to health and safety protocols.
Miami was again without Bam Adebayo (hip), Josh Richardson (back spasms), Haywood Highsmith (back) and Tyler Herro (ankle). However, Herro said he could return as soon as Monday’s game against Minnesota, ending a four-game Heat homestand.
UP NEXT FOR HEAT, BULLS
The teams play again Saturday in Miami, their fourth and final meeting of the regular season.