The Chicago Bulls knocked off the Miami Heat by a score of 96-89.
The Bulls defended intelligently, slowed the pace and absolutely crushed the Heat on the glass, 48-28. So it's fair to say that Chicago secured the impressive victory on its own terms.
For the Heat, the very same issues that have plagued the team since Christmas were present again in this one.
Specifically, Miami got nothing from its bench or role players, failed to compete on the boards and didn't defend with enough consistency to win.
LeBron James turned in another great scoring effort, dropping 30 points on 8-of-14 shooting. But unlike most of his other performances this season, King James didn't do much in the assist or rebound departments.
Miami's shortcomings aside, the Bulls deserve credit for a great effort and an impressive road victory. Carlos Boozer, who led Chicago with 27 points, was especially dominant against Miami's undersized front line.
Going forward, the Heat are going to have to address their aging and ineffective reserves, not to mention find a way to do something on the boards.
The Bulls move to 18-13 with the win while Miami drops to 22-9.