MVP (Most Valuable Player): No surprise here. It was LeBron James. He scored 24 points on 7-12 from the field, hit 9-12 free throws and added six assists and seven rebounds. Chris Andersen also played well, scoring a season-high 15 points and grabbing seven boards.
LVP (Least Valuable Player): Marco Belinelli managed to score just seven points on 2-9 from the field. He recorded a minus-22 rating in 30 minutes of action.
Defining Moment: In the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer stole the ball from Chris Bosh to get a breakaway layup. On his way to the basket he looked over and saw LeBron James lurking. Instead of going up hard and using his body to shield his shot, Boozer went up soft and missed the layup.
And to add to that, every ABC replay seemed like a “how not to play defense” video starring Carlos Boozer.
X factor: Miami got to the line 41 times, and although they only hit 27 of those freebies (65.9 percent), it was still enough to outdo Chicago from the charity stripe (24-31). The Bulls also didn’t have a two-point field goal in the second half until 7:53 left in the fourth quarter.
That Was … another entertaining game: Once again the Bulls-Heat game was fun to watch. The big three played, and the Bulls kept it relatively close for most of the game. I don’t think a playoff series between these squads would go longer than five games, but it sure would be a heated battle.
The Bulls fall a full game back of Atlanta for the fifth spot with this loss to Miami.