Game 79: Chicago Bulls (39-40) lose to Miami Heat (46-32), 106-98
April 7, 2016
American Airlines Arena – Miami
The Bulls entered halftime with a six-point lead, but the Heat really outworked them in the third quarter. That then changed the tempo of the game and took the Bulls out of the driver’s seat.
The Heat outscored the Bulls 35-23 in the third quarter, and their 35 points were the most for any team to score in any period of the game. The Heat made runs throughout the quarter to take control of the game, but it wasn’t until the Heat’s 6-0 run to end the quarter that the Bulls really stayed behind. But that wasn’t the end of it.
The Bulls bounced back in the fourth quarter and actually held a three-point lead. But the Heat responded with a 4-0 run and eliminated that quickly.
At the 3:49 mark of the fourth, Hasaan Whiteside blocked Derrick Rose‘s shot, and the Heat really took off from there.
When Whiteside got the block, the Heat were up one and never looked back. Their lead only grew from there while the Bulls couldn’t quite get the shots or stops they needed.
Player of the Game
Dragic not only posted a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, but that double-double matched Whiteside’s double-double numbers as well. In addition to that, Dragic went 7-for-16 from the field and added four assists, one steal and a block in his 31 minutes of action.
Backup big Cristiano Felicio was nearly perfect from the field at 3-of-4 shooting and contributed a near double-double of eight points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes.
35-78 versus 44-92
The Bulls shot 44.9 percent from the field while the Heat shot 47.8 percent from the field. The difference is a considerable one, but the difference between the two teams is even more dramatic when breaking down their shooting numbers.
The Heat not only attempted 14 more shots than the Bulls, but they also made nine more of them. The fact the Heat put up such shooting numbers just goes to shot the difference in effort between the two teams.
Seven of the Heat’s players scored in double figures: their starting lineup of Luol Deng, Dragic, Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade as well as Josh Richardson and Whiteside. In fact, every Heat player who was active scored in double figures except for Justise Winslow, who scored just two points.
The Bulls, on the other hand, only had three players score in double figures: Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Rose. Felicio and Justin Holiday came close to joining the starting trio on the list, though, with eight and nine points, respectively.
To finish off the week, the Bulls face Central Division foe Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. central Saturday.
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