Derrick Rose had a chance to tie the game with just seconds remaining. He missed both free throws.
LeBron James had a chance to seal the game with just seconds remaining. He also missed both free throws.
Two of the best players in the game right now put on a masterclass through 3.9 quarters of the game, but neither were able to make free throws when their team needed them most.
Luckily for LeBron James, he had already done enough. Derrick Rose cannot say the same.
James finished with a game high 35 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Derrick Rose notched up 34 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
James shot 12-23 from the field, including 1/1 from 3. Derrick Rose shot 11/28 from the field, including 0/4 from 3.
I still think there is light years between the two.
Chris Bosh had his best ‘unnoticeable game’ so far this season and one of his best since taking his talents to South Beach. By ‘unnoticeable game’ I basically mean he is outshone by at least one of his teammates, if not 2 (not on this occasion) and certainly another player or 2 on the other team, yet he still manages a hugely successful and effective number of points and rebounds. Tonight Bosh added 24 points and 12 rebounds on just 8/14 shooting partnered with a perfect 8/8 from the line. He was just as much a factor in this win as LeBron James, despite the more flamboyance of James’ play.
Dwyane Wade was off the pace of the game all night, rather choosing to sit back and distribute the ball, to where he had 6 assists in the first half. Stupidly, the unhygienic Joakim Noah got him angry in the second half and he added 15 crucial points that may have decided the game. It was far, far, far from his best, but he made some players in the final term that certainly helped Miami close the game out.
Miami were in control of the entire game and I do not believe they ever conceded the lead. They matched Chicago’s defensive prowess and did a great job on the rebounds, pipping the board crashing kings in that category. They also matched the ever working Noah, Boozer, Gibson and Asik who lead the Bulls’ second chance creating team, as both teams finished with 12 offensive rebounds.
Chicago normally squeeze the life out of their opponents with their superior defense and the huge number of their rebounding, leading to more possessions. On this night they were beaten at their own game.