Thursday, May 19, 2011

Udonis the difference maker: Heat beat back the Bulls

It's funny how a team loaded with All-stars needs a role player to make the difference. But Wednesday night in Chicago, that is exactly what happened.

Led by the bolt of energy that is forward Udonis Haslem, the Miami Heat took game 2 in their best of seven series with the Chicago Bulls, winning 85-75 in front of a sold out crowd at the United Center.

Haslem didn't lead the team in scoring, he had 13, LeBron had 29, but he led them in effort, giving the team the inside presence they often lack and chipped in 5 rebounds and a block shot to boot.

The Heat made league MVP and Bulls point guard Derrick Rose work hard for everything he got and he struggled, scoring 21 points, but the rest of the Bulls, for the most part played spectator.

Next up on Sunday, because the NBA often gives 5 day breaks between games in the playoffs, is game 3 in Miami. It's a game that while not required to win, would be helpful to the Bulls to win if they want a shot at the series, since they've now lost home court advantage. We'll see how that works out.

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