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A Great Game From James Helps Miami Bounce Back to Level the Series 1-1

 

After the initial loss in Chicago, Miami were again set to play in front of the loud Bulls crowd at the United Centre for game two.

The theme of the night was foul trouble. After Miami took an early lead in the first quarter, the league MVP got himself into some trouble and had to be benched. Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra when asked at halftime why he was making so many changes alluded to his search for players who were not in any foul trouble. Nonetheless, Chicago’s bench rallied. Omer Asik looked excellent defensively regardless of whom he defended, while Luol Deng looked comfortable edging his way to the 13 point total that he would finish with. A buzzer beater from half way also did wonders for Chicago’s and Deng’s confidence but the second quarter would be a different story.

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The key for Miami in this game was their containment of the big man, Joakim Noah. He still had an impact on the game, but it was nowhere near the performance that he put on in game one. Similarly with Carlos Boozer. He shot just 3 of 10 from the field and had a very quiet game. There has been much speculation as to Kyle Korver’s shooting ability and I have to say that if I were a Bulls fan, I would be calling for him to ‘put up or shut up’. He is in the team to knock down 3 pointers and he only got one on the night. A poor series so far for him.

With the shooting game slowing down for Chicago, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade upped the tempo to outscore the home team 29-20 in the second quarter.

The third was all about the return of the power forward, Undonis Haslem. Miami sure have missed him. He injected life into the team on both sides of the ball and had a great game off the bench, adding 13 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. At this point, it looked as though the spark of a player like Haslem upon his return could help turn things around for the Heat.

 

 

 

The final quarter saw great defensive standstills from both teams which were finally broken when Dwayne Wade ascended towards to basket and caught Asik under the chin. Asik sat the rest of the game out and this opened the door for the sharp Miami offence. With Asik being attended to on the sideline, Lebron James went nuts. Literally. He knocked down three pointers thanks to great team passing and really took control of the game when it mattered the most. A double double for him left him with 29 points, 10 rebounds but most importantly, a crucial win on the road.

Final Score: (MIA) 85 – (CHI) 75

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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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