Bulls try to even set with Heat at United Center
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls can knot their first-round series with
the Miami Heat at 2-2 when the teams battle today in Game 4 of their best-
of-seven set at the United Center.
Game 5 of this set is scheduled for Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The second-seeded Heat won Games 1 and 2 on their homecourt. In Game 3, Kirk
Hinrich scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists to lead the seventh-seeded
Bulls over Miami, 109-90, on Thursday at the United Center.
Ben Gordon had a team-high 24 points in Game 3s win for Chicago, which is 8-0
all-time in the playoffs at home versus Miami. Luol Deng contributed 21 points
and eight boards for Chicago, while Andres Nocioni netted 19 and pulled down
Dwyane Wade finished with 26 points for the in the loss for the Heat.
Shaquille O’Neal ended with just eight points and seven turnovers in under 25
minutes of action.
Alonzo Mourning, who hadn’t played in a game since March 22nd due to a torn
right calf muscle, returned to the lineup on Thursday for the Heat and did not
score in eight minutes of court time.
The Heat will be without swingman James Posey today. Posey was suspended for
one game for knocking Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich to the floor during the fourth
quarter of Game 3.
Miami has never lost a playoff series when it won the first two contests.
Chicago came back from being down two games to none to defeat the New York
Knicks in six games in the 1993 conference finals.
The Heat, who have dropped three straight road games in the postseason, have
won three of their last four Game 4s in the playoffs, while Chicago, which was
eliminated in six games by Washington in the first round of last year’s
postseason, has lost two of their last three Game 4s.
These two clubs have some playoff history. Chicago swept the Heat, 3-0, in
the first round of the 1992 and 1996 playoffs. The Bulls also beat the Heat
in five games, 4-1, during the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami was 21-20 on the road during the regular season, while the Bulls
were 21-20 at the United Center.