Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Warmth passes over Thaddeus Younger #21 of the Chicago Bulls on the United Middle on March 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Photographs/AFP (Photograph by JONATHAN DANIEL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photographs through AFP)
Jimmy Butler had 28 factors and eight assists and Goran Dragic scored 20 of his 25 factors within the fourth quarter because the visiting Miami Warmth defeated the Chicago Bulls 101-90 on Friday to earn their third straight victory.
After trailing by as many as 11 within the first half, the Bulls tightened issues up earlier than intermission and stayed shut into the fourth quarter. Trying to find a secondary scoring choice all through the night time, the Warmth bought one simply in time, as Dragic drilled two treys as a part of a private 8-0 run early within the fourth to stretch a one-point benefit to 9.
Miami surged forward by 14 factors within the fourth whereas enjoying with out Bam Adebayo (knee) and Avery Bradley (calf).
Zach LaVine scored 30 factors to go together with six rebounds and 6 assists and Lauri Markkanen chipped in 20 factors for the Bulls, who’ve misplaced the primary two in a five-game homestand and 4 of 5 total.
Thaddeus Younger posted a double-double of 13 factors and 10 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed 9 boards.
Chicago shot 36.4 p.c within the first half in comparison with 33.3 p.c for Miami because the groups entered halftime tied at 42. The Bulls outscored the Warmth 21-13 within the second quarter.
Butler (13 factors) and LaVine (10) have been the lone gamers in double figures on the half.
The 2 guards dueled all through the night time. LaVine scored 15 factors within the third quarter whereas Butler had 12, however the Warmth took a 70-68 benefit into the fourth. Miami has restricted six of its final 9 opponents to below 100 factors.
Duncan Robinson (15 factors) and Kendrick Nunn (10) additionally scored in double figures for the Warmth, whereas Kelly Olynyk had 9 factors and 9 rebounds.
Bulls rookie Patrick Williams left the sport within the second quarter after holding his left knee. Limping barely, Williams walked off the ground below his personal energy and later returned to the bench. He checked again in to open the second half.
Miami prolonged its successful streak towards Chicago to a few video games. The Warmth have received 4 straight on the United Middle.
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