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Heat vs Bulls Game 1 Recap - East Conference Finals NBA Playoffs 2011

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Published on May 30, 2011

FACTS: In the series opener, B stood for Bulls, 'Bounds and Bench. The Central Division champions played to their strengths, as they dominated the backboards (45-33), second-chance points (31-8) and bench production (28-15) by considerable margins. Guard Derrick Rose didn't put up large numbers -- 28 points, six assists -- yet his team trailed for all of 27 seconds in the second half.
The series will amount to a tug-of-war for tempo, and the series opener was more of a half-court affair, which was precisely how the Bulls planned it. Heat top guns Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were limited to 18 and 12 points, respectively, and with open-court chances at a premium, neither was able to impose his will on the game. In fact, it was easy to forget that they were on the court at times.
QUOTABLE I: "They've got great players on their team. You have to make sure they don't get open shots, contest all their shots, make sure they don't get to the lane. We did a good job to make sure they saw bodies when they went to the lane."
-- Rose
QUOTABLE II: "Losing in the effort areas and second-chance points, it really deflated us. Then we lost our concentration at the offensive end and the game got away from us."
-- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
TURNING POINT: The Bulls turned up their ball and weak-side pressure in the third quarter, when they outscored the visitors by a 24-15 margin. Specifically, the contest turned in a two-minute, 14-second span in which they ran off 10 consecutive points to take a 67-58 advantage.
QUOTABLE III: "(The defensive effectiveness) started in the second quarter with our bench guys and their ball pressure and energy. That group got us going. Then in the second half, everybody's defense was a lot better."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau
GOOD MOVE: The Bulls collapsed on long-ball threat James Jones at the 3-point arc, and for all intents and purposes, they took the sixth man out of the game. He attempted only one 3-pointer in 24 minutes, as his contributions were limited to four points and a single rebound.
BAD MOVE: The Heat packed the middle to increase their rebound chances, but that made for wide open spaces at the perimeter. Rose and forward Luol Deng (21 points) combined for seven 3-pointers, and the closest person was in Winnetka on several of them.
STAT: Reserve forward Taj Gibson (nine points, seven rebounds) threw down a pair of high-voltage dunks, the last of which provided the exclamation point in the fourth quarter.
QUOTABLE IV: "Did you see the dunks that (Gibson) had? That inspired us. I wish was 22 (years old) again. I felt that, when he did it, we all did it, you know?"
-- Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

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Comments • 69

doritos003
The only game the refs played fair 
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R Bernard
You know why the Bulls always lose series to the Heat? Freethrows. The bulls shot 144 freethrows while 3 players on the heat shot 162 in this series. That's how many points off free shots? Bulls were in foul trouble the whole series, bench players were the reason for the turnovers, because they had Lebron and Wade play, it's unfair I'm happy we did our best but we just didn't have a star studded team to win
Anthony Bryant
Lebron James and the Heat get stampeded in Game 1
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hernandez1002
But who won the championship? I think the Mavericks
Trexy
As a Chicagoan, this was the prime time of the bulls in the 21st century imo.
john adkins
screw the Heats, go Bulls
jon blake
i miss the shit out of rose
superstar753
bulls r beast 
Mix Productions
The bulls should've been in the finals instead of the heat
tendai83
the last dunk was major!!!!
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