The Miami Heat did not play like the rolling favorites they had been labeled after the five-game smash down they gave to the Celtics in the last round. Instead, they played like a junior varsity team. Basketball scores.
Derrick Rose was Chicago’s main man and finished the game with 28 points. He got massive help from Luol Deng who had 21 points, hit four 3s, had four steals, pulled down 7 rebounds and contained The King by simply putting the clamps on him, holding James to just 15 points. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Joakim Noah had 14 rebounds and the Bulls pounded the Heat on the glass by out-rebounding them 45-33. With that said, the Chicago Bulls hit first in the Eastern Conference finals, beating the Miami Heat 103-82 in Game 1 on Sunday night.
The Bulls struck first in Game 1 and kicked off with a good start after sweeping the Heat during the regular season. They went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter, then out-scored the Heat in the fourth. Basketball odds.
Chris Bosh led Miami with 30 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points, but the Heat simply were overmatched down the stretch.
Game 1 was a tale of two halves. The Bulls came alive in the third and fourth periods, pulling away in the final stretch with a good run and enjoying a plus-10 advantage on the boards. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Chicago, and they’d be just fine with another performance like this. Basketball spreads.
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