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:
|TAPALES RISES FROM THE CANVAS TWICE TO STOP PUNGLUANG IN 11TH, CAPTURES WBO BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE (PHOTOS)|
By Dong Secuya, Wed, 27 Jul 2016AMNAT RUENROENG VOWS TO WIN A MEDAL FOR HIS FAMILY AND COUNTRY IN THE RIO OLYMPICS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 27 Jul 2016FEDERER TO MISS RIO OLYMPICS AND REST OF THE SEASON WITH A KNEE INJURY
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 27 Jul 2016TAPALES ARRIVES IN AYUTTHAYA
By Dong Secuya, Wed, 27 Jul 2016NEWLY CROWNED WBC SILVER CHAMPION MUHAMMAD WASEEM CELEBRATES HIS VICTORY
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 27 Jul 2016"CHOCOLATITO" - CUADRAS, SOTO KARASS KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE FORUM FOR SEPTEMBER 10 FIGHTS
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016LEO SANTA CRUZ & CARL FRAMPTON KICK OFF FIGHT WEEK WITH EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FACEOFF
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016UFC's Valentina Shevchenko -- I'm the REAL Champ ... Bring On Nunes, Rousey! (VIDEO)
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016ROC NATION SPORTS ANNOUNCES NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD FIGHTERS FOR ANDRE WARD VS. ALEXANDER BRAND
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING - GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP WSOF-GC 3: PHILIPPINES 10-FIGHT EVENT IS SET FOR THIS SATURDAY JULY 30
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing sign amateur standout Ruben Villa to a co-promotional contract
By , Wed, 27 Jul 2016Mykal "The Professor" Fox takes on Somner Martin on Friday, August 19th at the Crystal City Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016Henry Rivalta: Moises Flores has the “Heart and the Balls” to beat Rigondeaux
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016WEIGHTS FROM THAILAND: SOR SINGYU – 117.8 LBS, TAPALES – 117.8 LBS. (PHOTOS)
By Dong Secuya, Tue, 26 Jul 2016RICK STAHELI WARNS PACQUIAO TO STAY AWAY FROM CRAWFORD
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Tue, 26 Jul 2016PHOTOS: CHOCOLATITO GONZALEZ-CARLOS CUADRAS PRESSER
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016FULL CARD SET FOR JULY 30 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN INDIO, CALIF. TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO LATINO® BOXING
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016Anthony "Juice" Young defeats Eduardo Flores in front of sold out crowd at The Claridge in Atlantic City
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY VS. OSCAR RIOJAS ADDED AS NEW MAIN EVENT FOR LA FIGHT CLUB ON AUG. 19
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016Top Light Heavyweight Contender Eleider Alvarez Set to Battle New Zealand's Robert Berridge
By , Tue, 26 Jul 2016PANONCILLO SAYS TAPALES HAS TO BE IN TOP FORM TO BEAT WBO BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION PUNGLUANG SOR SINGYU
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 25 Jul 2016Would Crawford stay with Pacquiao?
By Recah Trinidad, Mon, 25 Jul 2016RAMON PEÑA IS THIRD MAN IN THE RING FOR PUNGLUANG-TAPALES TITLE FIGHT
By Dong Secuya, Mon, 25 Jul 2016OMEGA PRO SPORTS INTERNATIONAL'S WHO'S NEXT? PRO BOXING SERIES POWERED BY HYUNDAI THIS JULY 30TH
By , Mon, 25 Jul 2016