Heat Survive Game 5, Advance to Conference Finals

English: Wizards v/s Heat 03/30/11

The Miami Heat opened Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal with the Chicago Bulls with such precision that is was hard to imagine an outcome other than one similar to the Game 2 blowout. Chicago, though, had other plans. The Bulls weathered the early Heat storm, and took complete control of the game. The Bulls led by as many as 11 in the second half, but a resurgent effort from Dwyane Wade and a much needed spark from the bench helped the Heat overcome the late deficit. Miami outscored Chicago 25-14 in the fourth quarter and won the game 94-91, eliminating the Bulls from the playoffs and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive season.

The opening minutes of the contest were a testament to the Heat’s focus. Miami made its first seven shots from the field, and first six free throws attempts, en route to an 18 point lead, 22-4. Chicago, whose players have a penchant for screaming and clapping, refused to go quietly. The Bulls answered the Heat’s opening salvo with a 34-14 spurt of their own. Midway through the second quarter, Chicago had tied the game, and Jimmy Butler’s three-pointer with 4:46 left in the period, gave Chicago its first led, 38-36. Nate Robinson’s three-pointer with less than one second remaining in the period gave the Bulls a 53-47 at the half.

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