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NBA Game Summary - Miami at Chicago



(Thursday, December 5th)

Final Score: Chicago 107, Miami 87

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds and Carlos Boozer added 27 and nine as the Chicago Bulls pounded the Miami Heat, 107-87, at the United Center.

Luol Deng made four of Chicago's 10 3-pointers in another 20-point performance, and Taj Gibson came off the bench and contributed 19 points in the surprisingly easy win.

The Bulls, who were coming off their first home loss of the season and had dropped six of their previous seven, made half of their shots and held the Heat to 17 points below their season average.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks, but it feels good to win," Noah said.

Miami was abused down low for the second straight game, getting outrebounded by a 49-27 margin while allowing 24 second-chance points.

LeBron James had a team-high 21 points but no other Heat player really stepped up in the absence of Dwyane Wade.

"We didn't step up to the challenge," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitted. "We have to own it. That's the first part. The answer has to come from that locker room."

The Bulls received a glimmer of hope hours before the game when Derrick Rose, in his first public appearance since undergoing surgery on his torn right meniscus, did not completely rule out a return for the postseason.

The rest of the team gave the Chicago fan base every reason to believe it will be back in the postseason with Thursday's performance. The Bulls never trailed after tying the game at 6-6 just 2:30 into the game.

Deng drained a 3-pointer just before the first-quarter buzzer to give the Bulls a 29-20 cushion, then hit another from long range early in the second for a 36-24 Chicago cushion.

A 9-0 run later in the quarter pushed the Bulls' lead to 45-28, and it was a 58-44 game in Chicago's favor at the break.

There were apparently no adjustments at halftime for Miami, as the third quarter played out much the same way the first half did.

Chicago held a comfortable 72-47 advantage following a Tony Snell 3-pointer 3:09 into the third, which ended with the hosts sporting an 85-63 lead.

With James on the bench, the Heat cut their deficit to as low as 12 with 5 1/2 minutes to play, but Chicago scored the next seven points to ice things.

Game Notes

Miami upended the Bulls, 107-95, in the season opener for both teams ... The Heat had their 10-game winning steak snapped by Detroit on Tuesday ... Chicago improved to 6-1 at home ... Wade saw out for the second straight game, this time because of an illness ... Deng has scored 20 or more points in six straight games ... Miami had a five-game road winning streak snapped.

12/06 01:47:20 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
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Final
CLE 5
KAN 1
 
6th
PIT 1
CIN 2
 
5th
DET 2
CWS 1
 
3rd
TAM 3
MIN 4
 
5th
NYM 0
STL 1
 
1st
CHC 0
ARI 0
 
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PHI
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IND
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MEM
OKC
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LAC
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BOS
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MIN
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LOS
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7:05pm Tonight
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