No Derrick Rose, No Problem: Bulls Hang On For 106-102 Win Over Heat

With Derrick Rose out, the Bulls faced tough odds against the Heat. But John Lucas III stepped up and the Bulls walked away with a 106-102 win.

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Heat Vs. Bulls Final Score: Chicago Defeats Miami On Wednesday Night, 106-102

No Derrick Rose? Not a problem for the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Bulls picked up a 106-102 victory at the United Center, led by John Lucas III off the bench. The reserve guard scored a team-high 24 points (in 27 minutes), and he came up with several big shots in the final quarter of play:

Five other scorers joined Lucas in reaching double-digit points, including Joakim Noah (14) and Ronnie Brewer (12). The team was deadly from beyond the arc with 10-of-19 falling for points. They also won the rebounding battle, 50-34.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored 35 and 36 points, respectively, but all other Heat scorers lagged far behind. Chris Bosh contributed 12 points while no other member of the team topped six points.

The Bulls (36-9) now have a 3.5 game lead over the Heat (31-11) before Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat remain on the road with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

For more on the Bulls, head over to Blog A Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Heat, check out Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. Visit SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.


Heat Vs. Bulls Halftime Score: Chicago Reserves Spectacular, Bulls Lead 53-42

The Chicago Bulls looked like they were going to be underdogs in their home arena on Wednesday night. The Miami Heat won the first meeting between these two teams this season, and they did it with Derrick Rose having a spectacular game. Rose is out of this one with a groin injury, but the Bulls' bench is making up for it.

It's been a rough game for C.J. Watson, who is 0-of-3 from the floor, but John Lucas and the rest of the Chicago bench has been stunning. They have 31 points as a unit and Lucas is 4-for-4 from the floor, good for 11 points. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are producing, but they haven't had much help thus far, and that's why the Bulls are up 53-42 at halftime.

Joakim Noah is having a big game, even if his stats don't indicate anything spectacular. Or perhaps it just feels that way because he did this:

James led all scorers with 20 first-half points, but he didn't end the second quarter on a positive note. Lucas drew an offensive foul on James during a fast break with just over one minute left in the half, and Erik Spoelstra was called for a technical foul for expressing his displeasure to the referees. Wade has chipped in with 13 points of his own.

Chris Bosh is 2-9, but he's not the problem. The other six members of the Heat who have played have one point between them.

There have been some absolutely huge dunks in this game, and Derrick Rose has been incredibly amused with his teammates' play. Perhaps he should watch his language, though.


Bulls great Scottie Pippen is also in the building, and he's joined the raucous crowd by jumping and cheering like the average Joes around him. The Madhouse on Madison is living up to its name, and the Heat look like they're letting the noise get the better of them. Someone not named James or Wade is going to have to start hitting shots to silence the crowd.

For more on the Bulls, head over to Blog A Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Heat, check out Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay.


PHOTO: LeBron James Should Turn Around

Look out, LeBron James. Right behind you, there's a man with an explicit shirt. And it's directed at you!


Via mjhlebasko

The framing here is just perfect. LeBron is happy and smiling, the fan with the shirt is getting his message across and the lady on the left is horrified by it all.


Heat Vs. Bulls: Derrick Rose Out For Marquee Eastern Conference Showdown

Derrick Rose has a groin injury and will not be able to help the Bulls on Wednesday night, as they try to protect first place in the East against the Heat.

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