Bulls-Heat: Chicago Falls Flat to Surging Miami Heat

Scott GlissonCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2008

The Bulls fell flat one day after Christmas, dropping yet another road game to the surging Miami Heat.

The teams both came out shooting very poorly and they exchanged the lead many times through the first three quarters.  In the fourth quarter, the Heat pulled away as the shooting woes continued for Chicago.

“The showdown” of the rookies (Rose and Beasley) turned out to be a big false advertisement for the game as Rose was horrific from the floor, scoring only 10 points. Beasley only put in 14 points in his 33 minutes of play.

Aaron Grey was one shinning star for the Bulls, recording a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Andres Nocioni came out strong Friday night after being slightly injured during a practice earlier in the week.

The game stayed close through three with the Bulls leading at the half.  After the third, the Bulls found themselves down two but in position to take the game. 

Unfortunately for Chicago, Miami decided to turn it on in the fourth and doubled Chicago’s fourth quarter point total, 26-13, and won the game 90-77.

Overall, the game showed that Miami is back from their embarrassing season a year ago and Chicago cannot seem to win a game on the road.

It is going to be a long season for Chicago if they cannot finish games down the stretch.  Derrick Rose is good. Ben Gordon, when he is on, is good, but if they cannot close out a game, the Bulls are going to have a worse record this year than they did last year.