The Chicago Bulls were unable to hold off the Miami Heat Thursday night, losing in a lopsided 86-67 affair. The Bulls had 17 first-half turnovers and were unable to overcome their overall sloppy play, finishing the night with 26 total turnovers. The Heat, led by LeBron James, were victorious in the first game of TNT's doubleheader.
James dominated the game with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists, racking up yet another double-double. From the field he shot 11-15, continuing his recent trend of extreme efficiency. Dwyane Wade chipped in with 17 points of his own, and the Heat cruised to an easy victory in Chicago.
The Bulls were led by Nate Robinson, who scored 14 points on the night. However, in the second quarter Chicago was held to 13 points, and only 35 points total in the first half. In the fourth quarter the Bulls offense was non-existent, scoring only 13 points again. 67 points was nowhere near enough to pick up a victory against the defending champions.
Miami notches another win under their belt, winning nine of their last ten contests. The Heat next play Saturday at Philadelphia. The Bulls play the second half of their back-to-back Friday in Charlotte as they face the Charlotte Bobcats.
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