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Bulls romp over Heat

Tom Thibodeau won’t play the “what if?” game.

The man who could patent the phrase “we have more than enough to win” doesn’t spend time looking at the Bulls-Heat games his team didn’t play at full strength.

Perhaps that’s why, despite playing without Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, the Bulls improved to 6-1 against the Heat at the United Center since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.

And while regular-season victories matter little compared to the back-to-back championships the Heat possess, Thursday night’s 107-87 triumph could do wonders to stop the bleeding of a team that had strayed from Thibodeau’s tenets in losing six of the previous seven.

The Bulls, who led by as many as 25 points, dominated the Heat’s small-ball approach with rebounding, defense and physical play. They enjoyed advantages of 49-27 in rebounding and 24-6 in second-chance points.

For more on this story, go to ChicagoTribune.com.

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