NBA -- Bulls pull Game 1 shocker in Miami
By Homer D. Sayson
Wed, 08 May 2013
CHICAGO - Without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, the fifth-seeded Chicago Bulls were supposed to be easy pickings for the top-seeded Miami Heat when their best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal went underway Monday night at the American Airlines Arena.
But a combination of tight defense and a fourth quarter explosion proved to be the perfect recipe for an upset.
The Bulls held the Heat to just 31 of 78 from the field (39.7 percent), including 7-for-24 from three-point range (29.2 percent). And they erased a four-point deficit entering the fourth quarter by going on a 35-24 surge in the final 12 minutes of play.
Bulls guard Nate Robinson served up another gutsy performance with 27 points, 22 in the second half where he took 10 stitches for a busted upper lip. Jimmy Butler played a full 48 minutes for a third straight game and still managed 21 points and 14 boards while Joakim Noah added 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli combined for 22 points in Chicago's balanced offensive attack.
Game 2 resumes Wednesday night at the American Airlines Arena.
LeBron James, who received his fourth MVP award in five years from NBA commissioner David Stern during a pre-game ceremony, had another all-around fare with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. But The King went just 8-of-17 form the field and he couldn't save the Heat from the Bulls, who finished Game 1 with a 10-0 tear.
Photo: Jimmy Butler (R) tries to shake off Miami's Dwyane Wade as the Chicago Bulls escaped with a 93-86 in Game 1 of their playoffs semifinal.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Homer D. Sayson.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|PETALCORIN DOMINATES GARDE IN GENSAN, EYES IBF CHAMP YAEGASHI|
By Dong Secuya, Sun, 04 Dec 2016Bacolod boxing officials call Cebu colleagues’ claims unethical
By Jerome S. Galunan Jr., Sun, 04 Dec 2016Oscar De La Hoya -- 'Guess What ... I'm Single' (VIDEO)
By , Sun, 04 Dec 2016DIALE, GOMERA ARE CHAMPS ANEW
By Lito delos Reyes, Sun, 04 Dec 2016ABRAHAM LOPEZ SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS NABA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE IN LA FIGHT CLUB'S FINAL 2016 EDITION
By , Sun, 04 Dec 2016MAYWEATHER VS A FEW OF “TBE” FIGHTERS
By Ralph Rimpell, Sat, 03 Dec 2016Twin Vegas shame and scandal
By Recah Trinidad, Sat, 03 Dec 2016GENSAN’S BRAWL AT THE MALL: PETALCORIN AND GARDE MAKE WEIGHT
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sat, 03 Dec 2016PETALCORIN, SONSONA MAKE WEIGHTS IN BRAWL AT THE MALL
By Lito delos Reyes, Sat, 03 Dec 2016WHO’S NEXT? 3: A NIGHT OF KO’S AND HIGH DRAMA
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sat, 03 Dec 2016WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION FRANCISCO VARGAS TO BATTLE MIGUEL BERCHELT ON 2017 SEASON PREMIERE OF HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016DEONTAY WILDER TO BE GUEST ANALYST FOR ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. ERIC MOLINA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT NEXT SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Sampson Boxing Congratulates Rodriguez for Winning Euro Welterweight Championship; Next Sets Sights on Paulie Malignaggi
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Split-T Management signs 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell to a managerial contract
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016DEMECILLO RETAINS WBF CROWN; ARANETA STOPS CUERDO / FULL TEPORA-SUSANTO UNDERCARD RESULTS & PHOTOS
By Dong Secuya, Sat, 03 Dec 2016ONE HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION BRANDON VERA STOPS HIDEKI SEKINE
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Oscar De La Hoya -- Canelo Alvarez Would Destroy McGregor ... BRING IT ON! (VIDEO)
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Undefeated Prospect Mario Barrios Training Camp Quotes
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016NBA -- Anthony's late J lifts Knicks over Wolves
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016JACK TEPORA STOPS GALIH SUSANTO IN 5, CAPTURES WBO ORIENTAL BELT
By Dong Secuya, Sat, 03 Dec 2016DIALE, ENRIQUEZ BOTH MAKE 111 LBS.
By Lito delos Reyes, Sat, 03 Dec 2016Pound-For-Pounds Kings Gunn And Jones Set To Wage War
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Conor McGregor -- Real Talk from N. Irish Boxing Star ... You Can't Beat Mayweather! (VIDEO)
By , Sat, 03 Dec 2016Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th
By , Fri, 02 Dec 2016