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Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Miami Heat overcame a sloppy start to win their ninth straight game, knocking off the Chicago Bulls, 86-67, Thursday night at the United Center.

The easy win came in large part because the Bulls simply couldn't retain possession of the basketball, as 26 turnovers limited their scoring to the lowest total by a Miami opponent this year.

LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points on 15 shots and missed a triple-double by just three assists.

It wasn't a particularly well-played game by the Heat, as they registered 17 giveaways of their own. But 50 percent shooting and an aggressive defense were more than enough to vanquish the sloppy, lethargic Bulls.

Nate Robinson led Chicago with 14 points, while only Joakim Noah (11) and Carlos Boozer (12) joined him in double figures. As a team, the Bulls shot just 37 percent from the field.

Combined with their terrible ball security, the Bulls' total lack of offense made for a very easy Miami win.

The Heat's victory moved their record to 38-14 and increased their lead in the East to 5.5 games over the idle New York Knicks. The fifth-seeded Bulls fell to 31-23 in defeat.

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