Heat Take Out Bulls With Four Straight

The Bulls have not lost three games in a row all year, they were taken out of the NBA playoffs Thursday night after loosing their fourth straight to the Miami Heat 83-80.

Chicago had great energy and good defense through three quarters but that wasn’t enough to get their second win of the series.  The Miami Heat with a late fourth quarter come from behind campaign played harder on both sides of the ball which earned them the ticket to represent the East in the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

“A loss is a loss, but really, we had that game,” forward Luol Deng said. “We outplayed them the whole game except the last three minutes or so. The whole 45 minutes, we played as hard as we can. The whole series we played hard every game. We just didn’t close them out.”

The Bulls were leading after the third quarter by five points and would extend the lead to twelve with three minutes left, but Miami’s big three would all step up to lead the Heat past Chicago.  Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh made 24 of the 26 points scored in the fourth.  James did the most damage racking up 12, he also hit the tying shot and the go ahead to close out the Bulls Thursday night 83-80.

“Definitely, you learn from your experiences,” Bull’s Joakim Noah said after the Heat eliminated Chicago. “We made mistakes. They are so competitive and so talented. We can’t afford to make mistakes. We’ve got work to do to get to the next level.”

Derrick Rose who has struggled all series long only shooting 35% made 25 points for his team, but shot under 32% from the field Thursday night.  Luol Deng was right behind Rose with 18 points, Carlos Boozer had another dismal game scoring only 5 points, shooting under 17%, and causing a flagrant foul against James in the third quarter.

Miami’s big three combined for 69 of the Heats 83 points Thursday night.  James was the star of the night both playing basketball and doing some acting, along with his team leading 28 points, he had 11 rebounds, and six assists to add to his club’s tally.  Dwayne Wade struggled turning the ball over nine times but still helped out with 21 and came up big in the fourth helping the Heat to close out the Bulls.

“They [Bulls] have to keep their head up and realize they had a great season,” Team ambassador Scottie Pippen said. “I think you have to take something positive from this season. I think this team really laid their hearts out on the line and played great basketball all season long,”

The Bulls will lay their hearts out this off-season and figure out what went wrong, and how they will be able to improve themselves for the next season in 2012.

“I have no idea how long this off-season is going to be, but I guarantee you there will be a lot of guys working very hard,” Kyle Korver said. “We have a young team that works very hard and a team that wants to win a championship really bad. We’re going to be right back here next year.”