Bulls Fall to Heat
K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 20 points before missing a shot and finished with 24 and Dwyane Wade added 22 as six Heat players reached double figures in their 105-93 victory over the Bulls Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls, who were led by Luol Deng’s 19 points, dropped a full game behind the Hawks for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat, who have clinched the Eastern Conference top seed and a first-round series with the Bucks, shot 51.4 percent. They split the four-game season series with the Bulls.
The last time the Bulls and Heat squared off, James complained of physical play from Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich. The first half featured one hard foul from Nazr Mohammed on Chris Andersen, who scored 15 points off the bench, and the second half featured much more physical play. There were 57 fouls called.
The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Gibson and Richard Hamilton, the latter of which got suspended one game by the NBA for throwing an elbow in Friday’s loss to the Raptors. The Heat played without Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier.