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NBA: Heat Blowout Bulls to Take Game 2

It was a physical contest between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.  The Heat would wind up dominating the Bulls in Miami winning the game 115-78.

The 37 point victory for the Heat is the largest margin of victory in Heat postseason history.  It was the Bulls worst playoff defeat as well.

“We were able to save this one, but we are still in the hole,” Eric Spoelstra, Heat coach said.  “They got what they needed. They got one. It doesn’t matter about the score tonight. We need to move on now and get ready to go into the lion’s den on Friday.”

This intense playoff series is now tied 1-1 as the Bulls get home court advantage for game 3.

LeBron James scored 19 points and had nine assists.  Ray Allen led the Heat in scoring with 21 points.  Dwyane Wade add 15 while Bosh got 13 points.

The Bulls two big scorers Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler where held to just a combined 19 points.  In Game 1 they combined for 48 points.

The Bulls allowed the heat to shoot for 60 percent shooting.  The last time they allowed a team to get such a high shooting percentage was in 1998.  They also allowed a whopping 28 points off of turnovers.  Their most in a playoff game since 1996.

“We got sidetracked and you can’t do that,” Tom Thibodeau, Bulls coach said.  “We showed a lot of frustration to carry over to the next play. You have to have poise under pressure. You come in here, you’re not going to get calls. That is the way it is. That’s reality. You can’t get wrapped up in that stuff. You have to stay focused on the task at the hand.”

The most telling stat was the large amount of fouls in this game.  There was nine technicals and a total 0f 51 fouls.  This puts a numeric value on how physical and intense this series has become.

The Bulls looked as though they were going to make this game another close one in the first half.  However, toward the end of the second the Heat went on a 13-3 run to take control of the game.  The Heat never looked back.

Game 3 will take place in Chicago at the United Center on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.  The odds favor Miami with a -7 point spread at the moment, though, that can change between now and Friday.

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