Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chicago Cools off Heat James' 30 Points Not Enough to Lift Miami Past Bulls

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chicago Cools off Heat James' 30 Points Not Enough to Lift Miami Past Bulls

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Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated the boards Friday night to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat, 96-89.

Chicago outrebounded Miami, 48-28. The Bulls had 19 offensive rebounds to four for the Heat. The Eastern Conference-leading Heat fell to 15-3 at home.

"There's not a whole lot to say," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Everybody in both locker rooms understand what the overwhelming key to the game was."

Miami's LeBron James scored 30 points, extending his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 31 consecutive games this season, and 52 games in a row overall when including the playoffs last season.

The Heat had won four games this season when outrebounded by 15 or more, but this time the disparity was too much for them to overcome. Chicago had 20 second-chance points to seven for Miami. Boozer and Joakim Noah had 12 rebounds apiece, and Taj Gibson added nine in 17 minutes. James led the Heat with six.

Boozer went 12 for 17 after scoring a season-high 31 points Wednesday at Orlando. Noah, back after missing one game with flu- like symptoms, had 13 points and set the tone with his physical play.

While the Heat were often on their heels, they kept coming back. A jarring foul by Kirk Hinrich near the sideline staggered James. and he collapsed on the Bulls' bench, then was helped to his feet by coach Tom Thibodeau. Seconds later, James sank a 3.

Nate Robinson's 3-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes left gave the Bulls their biggest lead, 83-73.

The Bulls pounded the boards and scored the final 10 points of the first quarter for a 26-22 lead. Jimmy Butler's buzzer-beater to end the first half put them up, 49-48.

"We didn't do a very good job," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "Our effort wasn't good enough tonight. It didn't seem like we made the adjustment. …

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