Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat took in once last chance to
relish their 2012-13 championship season. Then it was back to business.
The two-time defending NBA title-holders sent a clear message to one of the
expected top challengers to their crown, using a torrid shooting display
and a dominant second quarter to deal the Chicago Bulls a 107-95 loss in the
season opener for both Eastern Conference contenders at American Airlines
Seven Miami players finished with double-figure points in a balanced offensive
effort, and the Heat outscored the Bulls by a 37-18 margin during the pivotal
second quarter to put their opponent at a substantial deficit it could never
Reigning league MVP LeBron James paced Miami's spread-the-wealth attack with
17 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds, while Chris Bosh
netted 16 points and Shane Battier went 4-for-4 from 3-point range to
contribute 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Heat hit on 11-of-20
attempts from beyond the arc and shot 51.4 percent overall.
Despite a 31-point outburst from Carlos Boozer, the return of Derrick Rose
still produced an undesired outcome for the Bulls. The star point guard,
playing in his first meaningful game since tearing his left ACL during the
2012 Eastern Conference playoffs, went just 4-for-15 from the field and had
five turnovers while accumulating 12 points.
Luol Deng managed only four points in the loss while being saddled with foul
trouble for much of the first half. Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for Chicago.
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