Lebron and D-Wade stepped up their games with 29 and 24 points respectively to nab a huge win on the road and even up the Eastern Conference Finals at 1 game a piece against DA BULLS. Bron Bron had 9 points in the final 4:27 despite suffering from a head cold. Guess he got in his dose of vitamin C today. However, he was sick enough to avoid another 15-minute postgame celebration.
The most valuable player tonight, however? Udonis Haslem!
Limited to just 13 games this year because of injury, Haslem posted 13 points and 5 boards in just 23 minutes of action. This is huge because the Heat need someone besides Joel friggin Anthony and Jamal Magloire. Remember Eric Dampier and Zydrunas Illgauskas? Yea, they're still in the league too. Instead of being in a nursing home, they age by the minute on the Miami bench.
A defensive battle (85-75), Miami managed to get an 11-point lead in the 3rd only to see Chicago battle right back. Unfortunately, when you shoot 3 of 20 from downtown and 16 of 26 from the foul line, your not gonna get it done.
The MVP of the association, D-Rose, scored 21, but only 2 in 4th quarter. I won't rag on him, because it was the rest of the team that didn't show up offensively; Carlos Boozer and your 7 point, 8 rebound preformance..IM POINTING MY FINGER RIGHT AT YOU.
Despite the next 2 games being on South Beach, i'm not concerned at all with the possibility of the Heat running away with this series. The presence of the Bulls frontcourt with Noah, Boozer (on a good night) and role players like Taj Gibson, Miami simply cannot compete down low. Miami has managed to play more like a team as the season has gone on and they have 3 of the best players in the world, but as far as fully playing like a team..well..they're not quite at the level of Chicago just yet..
By the way, how did that dunk taste, Dwayne? Don't cry over it..