Miami 83, Chicago 72

Date - Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Officials - #24 Mike Callahan, #42 Eric Lewis, #50 Olandis Poole
Attendance - 20008

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Chicago 23 17 21 11 72
Miami 27 15 24 17 83

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
Miami 0-0 0-0 0-0 W5


HEAT 83, BULLS 72: LeBron James led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds as host Miami pulled to within a game and a half of Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Dwyane Wade returned to the lineup and put up 18 points and five assists while Mario Chalmers scored 16 points for the Heat, who were without Chris Bosh.

Derrick Rose did not suit up for the Bulls, though Luol Deng returned following a two-game absence.

Both teams plan on meeting in the Eastern Conference finals and Chicago still holds the inside track on home-court advantage for that potential series. Even with that at stake Thursday, the playoff atmosphere that surrounded the three previous meetings was muted due to the absence of Rose and Bosh.

James put Miami out front with 18 points in the first half and added seven points in the third to ensure that Chicago would not take the lead.

Wade scored six straight points and Shane Battier hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-2 burst early in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead to double figures.

The Heat were most impressive at the defensive end, holding the Bulls to 35.7 percent shooting in the contest and 11 points in the fourth quarter. Deng looked rusty in a 5-for-15 effort from the floor while the starting backcourt of Richard Hamilton and C. J. Watson combined to shoot 1 for 9.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Joakim Noah collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and John Lucas scored 16 points off the bench to lead Chicago. … The teams split the four-game season series, with the home team winning each time. … Miami F James Jones was ejected late in the second quarter for committing a flagrant foul-2 on Noah while going for a rebound.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Miami
John Lucas III 16 Scoring LeBron James 27
John Lucas III 4 Assists LeBron James 6
Joakim Noah 10 Rebounds LeBron James 11
Joakim Noah 5 Free Throws Made LeBron James 10
Taj Gibson 2 Steals Dwyane Wade 3
Omer Asik 1 Blocks Joel Anthony 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Chicago 72 35.7 2-16 20-28 16 40 2 4 14
Miami 83 42.1 4-13 15-21 14 45 4 6 13

Upcoming Games

  • Miami will play their next game at home against Washington. The Heat have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Bulls have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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