Bulls Show Why They Are No.1

Everybody was thinking it was going to be a defensive battle, but not so one sided.

The Bulls took care of business Sunday night in front of their home crowd beating the Miami Heat in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals 103-82.  Chicago started with some rough edges, but even starting off slow both teams were even at halftime 48-48.

Chicago’s bench really stood out in the first game this series, they did a good job in the second quarter keeping the game close and making some of their own highlights, Taj Gibson’s dunk with Dwayne Wade in his face will definitely be making a lot of future appearances.

“(The defensive effectiveness) started in the second quarter with our bench guys and their ball pressure and energy. That group got us going. Then in the second half, everybody’s defense was a lot better.” Bull’s Coach Tom Thibodeau said.

The second half was where the Bulls showed the world why they have the best record in the NBA.  Playing phenomenal defense and making huge shots, Chicago outscored the Heat 54-34 for the final 24 minutes.

“They did a good job pressuring us. We didn’t move the ball much. We let it get too late in the shot clock and had to throw up some Hail Marys.”  Said Dwayne Wade.

That pressure paid off with the Bulls taking the first game of the series and putting some extra thought into the next couple practices for the Heat.  The Bulls played like a team finding each other for the open shots and playing shut down defense holding James and Wade to a combined 30 points.

“We were locked in,” Joakim Noah said. “When you have everybody on the same page with that kind of intensity, it’s fun.”

Noah had a lot of fun Sunday bringing down 14 boards setting the Bulls up to dominate the rebounds 45-33 and overtaking the second chance points 31-8.  Derrick Rose lead the Bulls with 28 followed up by Luol Deng’s 21 who was 4-6 from behind the perimeter.

Chicago’s bench beat up the Heat stopping their scoring chances and outshining Miami’s bench 28-15. 

“We’re not playing the match up game,” said Deng, even though he had won his against James. “We’re just playing a great team game, great team defense, and just trying to win the game however we win it.”

Chris Bosh lead Miami with 30 points and 9 rebounds shooting 12-18.  Wade and James were held down most of the game not getting any real chances and when shooting, finding it hard with the Bulls defensive pressure.

“They’ve got great players on their team. You have to make sure they don’t get open shots, contest all their shots, make sure they don’t get to the lane. We did a good job to make sure they saw bodies when they went to the lane.” Said NBA MVP Rose.

Lets see if the Bulls can have another game like that on Wednesday where they will play the Heat for game two in Chicago at 7:30pm on TNT.