The world is sick of watching Derrick Rose sit on the bench. The Chicago Bulls are sick of watching Derrick Rose sit on the bench. Even Derrick Rose is sick of watching Derrick Rose sitting on the bench!
The Heat players received their championship rings before the game and then proceeded to put on a championship display in the first half, jumping out to a 54-33 halftime lead, thanks to some suffocating defense.
The Bulls briefly made a game of it near the end of the fourth, but Miami was clearly the better team on this night.
As for Rose, he finished with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting in 34 minutes. He and the Bulls know now that they need to put in some serious work before they can challenge Miami in the East.
Let's check out some of the best photos from Tuesday night's action.
Rose dominated the preseason, and the basketball world waited with bated breath for Rose to take the floor against the champs.
Clearly, there are no problems with his hops.
The Heat D came out in full force, particularly in the first half, limiting Chicago to 33 points at the break.
Tom Thibodeau felt good enough about Rose to use him on James from time to time.
The smaller Heat held their own against the Bulls on the glass, with 40 rebounds to Chicago's 41.
The Heat won the "Battle of the Block," with seven blocks to Chicago's four, proving, once again, they can succeed even against bigger teams.
Big Three who? Role players Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier combined for 38 points against the infamous Chicago defense.
LeBron had himself just another ho-hum LeBron game: 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists. He wasn't the headline player before the game, and he didn't make any waves during the game; he's simply the best player in the world.
Somebody needs to tell Mike Dunleavy to guard Ray Allen out there...the guy's been known to make a three from time to time.
Miami playoff hero Chris "Birdman" Andersen jams it home as Taj Gibson looks on. Andersen finished 3-of-5 from the field—those two misses might have been more than he had in the entire 2013 postseason.
Cole set the arena—and Twitter—on fire wish a vicious crossover that sent Rose flying. Fortunately for the Bulls, the only thing injured on the play was Rose's pride.
Carlos Boozer with a little "excuse me" move on Udonis Haslem. Boozer was Chicago's best threat on offense, with 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting.
Though Dwyane Wade struggled to find his offense against Chicago, his teammates more than picked up the slack. Wade's 13 points were tied with Mario Chalmers for fourth on the Heat. If Miami can keep up this balanced offensive attack, the rest of the league might not stand a chance.
The Bulls closed to within single digits near the end of the game, forcing the Heat to bring back LeBron. "King James" promptly put Chicago away, demonstrating an improved mid-range game.
This game might not have been an instant classic, but it still feels pretty damn nice to see the last two men to win the NBA MVP back on the court together.
BASKETBALL IS BACK, BABY!