Bulls Offense Struggles in 93-79 Loss to Heat

MIAMI — The Bulls’ offense ground to a halt. And their five-game win streak ended along with it.

Shooting just 35.8 percent with seven 24-second shot-clock violations, the Bulls fell to the Heat 93-79 Sunday afternoon at American Airlines Arena.

Chris Bosh’s 28 points and 23 from Dwyane Wade led the Heat, which played without LeBron James.

Joakim Noah’s 21 points and 15 rebounds led the Bulls, whose Jimmy Butler missed with bruised ribs. Taj Gibson added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulls missed their first 10 shots of the second quarter and went scoreless for 6 minutes, 9 seconds. D.J. Augustin went 0-for-10 overall.

Butler suffered his injury in Friday’s victory over the Nuggets. He said he’s day-to-day and hopes to play Tuesday in Atlanta.

“I’ve felt better,” Butler said. “I’m in a little pain, tough to breathe. So I can’t go this one.”

The Heat don’t play until Thursday, which coach Erik Spoelstra said factored into the decision to sit James.

“We understand the big picture,” Spoelstra said.

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