The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls rivalry dates all the way back to the 1990s when the Heat became championship contenders and things have been chippy between these clubs ever since. They have met up a total of 138 times in the past with the Heat winning 63 games while the Bulls won 75 games. Today’s matchup will mark the second time that these two teams play each other this season as the Heat defeated the Bulls on November 1, 97 to 91. During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed one steal. Lauri Markkanen had 25 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals. The Bulls would hope to avoid their fifth straight loss as they host the 9-9 Miami Heat.
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Bam Adebayo (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick Walton (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Zach LaVine (knee)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 30.2 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.3 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 31.0 FG%, 15.8 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nikola Mirotic (face)
The first half of this game would be kept close as the Heat shot forty percent from the field while the Bulls shot thirty-five percent. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he chalked up ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one free-throw. Kelly Olynyk had five defensive rebounds to add to his seven points. Justise Winslow was limited to just two points but would manage to record six rebounds and two assists.
As for the home team, Denzel Valentine scored eight points to put with his six defensive rebounds and four assists. Both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday would also have eight points as they knocked down two three-pointers each. Robin Lopez would have five rebounds as Kris Dunn had three rebounds and three assists. Jerian Grant played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Florida team went into halftime with a tight 45-42 lead.
The Heat ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field in the last half, holding the Bulls to forty percent shooting. Goran Dragic scored 16 points while hitting two three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five points as he pulled down four defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters was kept to just two points. Tyler Johnson played 18 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points with a three-pointer early in the fourth period.
Grant ended up posting an impressive 22 points as he played the most minutes off of the bench. Holiday had seven points while Valentine settled for two three-pointers, seven rebounds, and three assists. Markkanen collected six defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Miami Heat crawl away with a 100-93 victory. Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jerian Grant had a career-high 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
The Miami Heat will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.6 APG, 58 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7) for the first time this season on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. These two teams have met up a total of 105 times with the Cavaliers winning 43 games and the Heat winning 62 of them. The Bulls will host Devin Booker (22.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (7-13) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., which will mark the second and last time that these teams play each other this season. The Bulls and the Suns have met up a total of 142 times as the Bulls pulled 73 victories while the Suns had 69 wins. November 19 was the last time that the Suns and Bulls played each other as the Suns pulled away with a 113 to 105 win. In that game, T.J. Warren scored 27 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 1 assist, committed 1 steal, and blocked 2 shots. Lauri Markkanen had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists.