Dragic scores 26 as Heat beat Bulls 118-96

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CHICAGO — Goran Dragic scored a season-high 26 points, Josh Richardson added a career-high 22 and the Miami Heat used a big fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 118-96 on Friday night.

Luol Deng scored 19 points for the Heat, who outscored the Bulls 34-15 in the final period on the way to their sixth win in seven games.

Pau Gasol led Chicago with 17 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Justin Holiday scored a season-high 14 points, but the Bulls came up short on a night guards Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler sat with injuries.

Chicago lost its second straight and missed a chance to move into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot after Detroit lost at Charlotte.

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