As long as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are on the floor (and maybe a ref), the Miami Heat always have a chance, a win voucher to redeem. Last night, they cashed that per diem again with an 83-80 series clinching win over the Bulls. Did the Heat win or did the Bulls lose? Both. Chicago took a 5 point lead into the fourth quarter and led 77-65 with three minutes and change to go. A flurry of points later, including a brow-raising 4-point play by Wade and a pull up three and jumpshot by James, the stunned Bulls were gulping air, trying to figure out where the game went. Derrick Rose’s play down the stretch didn’t help. His two turnovers, two blown shots, and a missed free throw in the waning minutes hastened the collapse.
The Heat got plenty of production from its Big Three. LeBron scored 28 to go along with 11, 6, 3 and 2 in a pair of Black/White-Red Nike LeBron 8 PS‘s. Wade stepped out in Black/Red Jordan Fly Wade‘s for 21, and Chris Bosh held down the interior with 20 and 11 in the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010. The Bulls’ lack of scoring options got exposed yet again. Rose (adidas adiZero Rose 1.5) put in 25 on 9-29 shooting, and the only other Bulls in double figures were Luol Deng (Nike Air Max Fly By) with 18 and Ronnie Brewer (Nike Hyperdunk 2010) with 10.
With Chicago’s best record/MVP/Coach Of The Year season kaput, Bulls fans now have to wait indefinitely for revenge. As for Miami, the Heat open the 2011 NBA Finals Tuesday at home against the Mavericks. Do LeBron and Wade have special kicks coming for the big stage?
Ponder the possibilities as we check out scenes from the Game 5 Bulls meltdown/Heat comeback in NBA Kicks…