It was a tense grind-it-out effort in today’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. The game went back-and-forth several times, resulting in overtime with the score tied 86-86. However, Chicago came out scorching in the extra period, ending the game victorious (95-88).
With today’s victory, Chicago finally made it clear to a national audience — they are one of the best teams in the NBA, and they are only going to get better from here on out.
When it came down to it, Chicago was the only team that came ready to play today. It’s becoming clear that Miami does not look like the returning NBA Champions. They played an extraordinarily sloppy game, resulting in 17 turnovers. With games like this, it’s becoming less likely Miami will get their three-peat.
Chicago saw an amazing game from all men on the court. D.J. Augustin, who has been lacking in recent games, was an unexpected hero for Chicago in today’s game. He was the highest scorer on the team, ending the game with 22 points. Meanwhile, team leader Joakim Noah almost had his fourth triple-double this season, ending with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
LeBron James did not look like the MVP-candidate he’s been talked up to be. He performed sluggishly on both sides of the court, only picking up his game late in the third quarter. Luckily for the Heat, the other players were able to perform, but they were unable to gain enough steam to pick up the win.
The Bulls are gaining steam by the day, while it seems Miami is slowly combusting at the seams. It’s not wistful thinking anymore to believe that Chicago really can go far in the playoffs.