Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat bounced back in a big way in Game
2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, dealing the Chicago Bulls
their most lopsided postseason loss in franchise history with an authoritative
115-78 victory at American Airlines Arena.
Held to an uncharacteristic 39.7 percent shooting in a startling 93-86 loss to
the injury-plagued Bulls in Monday's opener, Miami evened the set by knocking
down an impressive 60 percent of their field goal attempts and having six
players score in double figures.
Ray Allen led the way with 21 points in under 19 minutes off the bench, with
LeBron James contributing a 19-point, nine-assist effort and Dwyane Wade and
Norris Cole each notching 15 points.
The Heat dominated on the defensive end as well, holding a Chicago team that
became unglued in the second half to 35.5 percent performance from the floor
and forcing 19 turnovers.
The Bulls were also whistled for 27 fouls, including six technicals. Four of
them were handed out among forwards Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, resulting in
each's ejection early in the fourth quarter.
Marco Belinelli paced Chicago with 13 points and six assists, with Noah
netting 12 points before being tossed.
Game 3 of this best-of-seven series will be held in Chicago on Friday.
The Sports Network