The Miami Heat (17-30) went into Chicago and defeated the Chicago Bulls (23-25) 100-88. It wasn’t a pretty game to watch if you are a Bulls fans but if you’re a Heat fan, you are loving what’s going on with the Heat. This the sixth straight victory for the Miami Heat and their second win on the road during their hot streak. Nobody is better playing better basketball than the Miami Heat thanks to Dion Waiters and co. Hassan Whiteside was sidelined this game with an ankle injury. He is expected to return for next game. Here’s the Heat-Bulls recap.
The Miami Heat
The Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Chicago Bulls featured Goran Dragic at point guard, Dion Waiters at shooting guard, Rodney McGruder at small forward, Luke Babbitt at power forward and Willie Reed at center. Goran Dragic was the Heat’s player of the game as the Dragon scored 26 points with 11 assists for a double-double. Hassan Whiteside’s replacement, Willie Reed, had an incredible game. Reed scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Wayne Ellington continues to stay hot on the bench while Tyler Johnson continues to deal with his injury. Wayne Ellington dropped 12 points and 5 rebounds. Dion Waiters scored 19 points while going 3-5 from the three point line. The Miami Heat have really shot the ball well these past six games.
The Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup against the Miami Heat featured Jerian Grant at point guard, Doug McDermott at shooting guard, Paul Zipser at small forward, Taj Gibson at power forward and Robin Lopez as the man in the middle. The Bulls benched the Bulls top three players in Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and D-Wade. Dwyane Wade led the Bulls in scoring with 15 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Chicago’s star player, Jimmy Butler, had the worst game in his NBA career as he scored only 3 points in the entire game. Butler went 1-13 with field goals and 1-2 from the three point line. It was a very rough night for Jimmy Butler and his team.
No rest for the Miami Heat as they will take on the Detroit Pistons on January 28th. This will be the start of four game home stretch for the Miami Heat. They are currently red hot and they would like to keep it that way. The Detroit Pistons are 21-25 on the season and 9-15 on the road. The Heat aren’t much better at home as the Heat’s home record this season is 9-13. Andre Drummond currently sits third in the NBA behind DeAndre Jordan and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside. If Hassan Whiteside is able to play Saturday night, the paint is going to be very interesting to watch as some of the best centers in the league would going at each other. The Heat play the Pistons Saturday night at 7:30pm EST. The Heat is on!