The Chicago Bulls looked to have the upper-hand just before halftime, recovering from a slow start to take a 36-29 lead over the Miami Heat with time winding down in the second quarter. All was well, until the Heat poured it on, scoring the next 12 points to take a 41-36 lead into the break. Chicago went ice cold over the final four and a half minutes, failing to score a point after Carlos Boozer's jumper with 4:33 to go.
As the Bulls struggled, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took over, with the latter closing out the quarter by scoring the final five points. James scored 14 points in the half, leading the way for the Heat. Bosh was also in double-figures, adding 10 points. Wade put up six points in the half.
Derrick Rose made his return to the lineup after tweaking an ankle on Sunday, but struggled to find a rhythm. In 14 minutes, Rose did not score a point, going 0-for-5 from the field. He did, however, tally five assists.
Boozer led the way for the Bulls with 13 points in the half. The rest of the production came from the bench, with C.J. Watson and Kyle Korver each adding six points.