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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Heat Outlast Bulls to Take Game 3

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Coming off a game that featured 51 personal fouls, nine technical fouls, two flagrant fouls and a pair of ejections, the Miami Heat entered the Madhouse on Madison knowing it would closer to a gladiatorial bout than an actual free-flowing basketball game. And the first half did nothing to change that perception, as three more technicals were assessed and another player was ejected. Miami, though, pushed through and found a way to grind out an important playoff victory. The Heat outscored the Bulls 34-24 in the fourth quarter en route to a 104-94 win.

The game opened as one would have imagined, with a rabid Chicago crowd and the Bulls players fed off that energy. Chicago started the game with a 7-0 run that frenzied their fans, but after a pair of missed shots and two turnovers in their first four possessions, Miami would settle in. The first quarter featured seven ties and five lead changes as the two teams wrested control of the game back and forth. The play got chippy, however, late in the period. Heat forward Chris Andersen blocked a layup attempt by Nate Robinson, and fell on the diminutive guard, drawing a foul. As Andersen rolled off to stand, Joakim Noah raced over and pushed the Birdman, inciting a small scrum under the basket. Noah was assessed a technical foul, his third in the three games of this series. The period ended tied at 25.

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