The Bulls trailed the Miami Heat 84-81 as time was winding down but Carlos Boozer found C.J. Watson wide open in the corner and as Dwayne Wade was coming out on him Watson pump faked, moved over, stepped back behind the arc and hit a tying three point field goal with 2.2 seconds left. On the ensuing possession the Heat inbounded the ball to Dwayne Wade who dribbled it down into the corner and with Omer Asik jumping towards him and Ronnie Brewer chasing him Wade was forced to throw up a fade away jumper that came up short. In overtime the Bulls got off to a hot start on the offensive side of the ball and it helped jumpstart them to another level on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulls defense powered up as they were able to hold the Heat to 2 overtime points and with the options the Heat have that should never happen. In the game, Derrick Rose scored a career low 2 points but that didn’t stop the Bulls from keeping the game close and eventually pulling out the victory 96-86. A moment that should not be forgotten from this game is when Lebron James stepped to the free throw line in the closing seconds of the game with an 83-81 lead for two free throws. If he made both of them the Heat would most likely have come out victorious, but in the past Lebron has not been known for his “clutch gene” or ability to come through in pressure situations and it proved true again tonight. Lebron missed 1 of the 2 free throws and the chosen one showed again that he is not a player made for pressure situations.
The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer who put up 19 points and 11 rebounds, as well as Kyle Korver who put up 17 points with 5 three pointers made, and last but not least the end of regulation hero C.J. Watson who stepped up with 16 points to help the Bulls get the victory. Of the 86 points scored by the Heat 71 of them came from James, Wade, and Bosh. The Heat are going to need some sort of bench production if they hope to win the title but it looked as though the Bulls had a good strategy tonight of letting the “big 3” try to win the game themselves and lock down the role players of the Heat.
The Bulls improved to 45-14 on the year and the Heat dropped to 40-17 as both teams vie for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls continue to play well even with Derrick Rose having to shake off some rust and not having good games. The play from the bench is where the Bulls have an advantage over the Heat because the Heat do not have near the depth that the Bulls have, especially frontcourt reserves, and when players like Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, and Taj Gibson can play as well as they did tonight the Bulls will be a tough game for anybody. The Bulls are going to need to get Derrick Rose going because he is an integral part of the team and the bench players I mentioned are not going to be able to produce as they have recently every game and that is when Rose is going to have to get back to his game and will the team on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulls defense continued to be one of the top-tier defenses in the league and arguably the best as far as points allowed per game as they held the Heat and their “big 3” to 86 points in an overtime game.
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