MIAMI – It was physical, rugged and exactly what the Miami Heat needed as part of their preparations for the playoffs, which start this coming weekend. LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade finished with 22 and the Miami Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season by topping the Chicago Bulls 105-93 last night at the American Airlines Arena.
Chicago had more fouls (30) than field goals (29), the first time the Bulls have managed that in a regular-season game since November 19, 2008.
The Bulls sent Miami to the line a season-high 41 times, and at times were so reliant on the 3-point shot that they went more than 16 minutes to open the second half without a single 2-point basket.
The Bulls shot 35 percent, and were far better outside the 3-point arc (11-for-26, 42 percent) than inside it (18-for-56, 32 percent). Robinson missed 11 shots himself. Miami’s “Big Three” of James, Wade and Chris Bosh missed 12 combined.
Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home – topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat. Bosh had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Miami, which also got 11 points from Mike Miller.
Boozer finished with 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped Miami’s 27-game winning streak last month. Luol Deng led Chicago in scoring with 19, Robinson and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 apiece and Jimmy Butler added 13 for the Bulls.
Other results: Nets 87, Raptors 93; Pacers 80, Knicks 90; Cavaliers 77, 76ers 91; Trail Blazers 109, Nuggets 118; Mavericks 107, Hornets 89; Kings 100, Rockets 121; Spurs 86, Lakers 91.