Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - There were no ejections or physical
altercations in Game 4, but it was another Miami Heat knockout.
Perhaps the short-handed Chicago Bulls have run out of gas and have no fight
LeBron James tallied 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the Heat's
88-65 rout of the Bulls to take a 3-1 stranglehold in this Eastern Conference
After decimating the Bulls 115-78 in Game 2, the Heat survived Game 3 and
jumped out to an 11-2 start in this one and never looked back.
The Bulls tallied a playoff franchise low in points and field-goal percentage
The Bulls also scored a franchise postseason-low nine points in the third
Miami can close out the series Wednesday in South Beach.
Following a 20-point, 19-rebound performance in Game 3, Chris Bosh was the
only other Miami player in double figures with 14 points to go along with six
rebounds and four blocks.
The Heat held a 36-20 points in the paint and 19-7 fastbreak points edge.
Carlos Boozer finished with 14 points and 12 boards, but was just 3-of-14
shooting for the Bulls, whose previous playoff franchise low in points (69)
came against the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of a 2007 Eastern Conference
semifinal. Their previous low in field-goal percentage (31.1 percent) also
came against the Pistons in Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference finals.
Nate Robinson was 0-for-12 and didn't score.
Forward Luol Deng and guard Kirk Hinrich were again unable to play for
Deng underwent a spinal tap two weeks ago to rule out meningitis and has been
slow to recover. He had complications from the procedure and tried to take
part in Thursday's shoot-around but is still too weak to play. The 28-year-old
also missed the first two games in Miami, as well as Games 6 and 7 in the
first round against the Brooklyn Nets.
Hinrich hasn't played since Game 4 of the first round against the Nets because
of a calf injury.
Chicago missed 11 of its first 12 shots from the field and the Heat jumped out
to a 21-15 edge after a quarter of play. Bosh was 5-of-6 from the field and
poured in 10 points in the first.
Miami began the second quarter on a 9-2 spurt to vault the visitors to a 13-
point edge. Shane Battier and Ray Allen knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers
to make it 30-17.
The Heat took a 44-33 cushion into the break and held the Bulls to 26.8
percent (11-of-41) shooting in the opening half. James scored 15 points, while
Bosh added 12 in the first 24 minutes.
It only got uglier for the Bulls in the third when they made just two of their
13 shots in the stanza.
A 10-1 surge during the middles stages of the frame allowed the Heat to go on
cruise control. Dwyane Wade had a pair of buckets during the swing, including
a left wing jumper to conclude it and give Miami a 56-40 cushion.
Norris Cole swished a left wing triple at the buzzer to make it 61-42, and
Miami led by as many as 26 in the fourth.
Cole, who was 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, made his first eight 3-pointers in
the series ... Miami shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the floor ... Both
teams committed 17 turnovers.
The Sports Network