The Miami Heat had a matinee game today on the road against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center and came away with a 96-84 win in one of their most impressive victories of this NBA season. Along the way center Hassan Whiteside had his most complete game, even breaking a Heat franchise record. Here are some quick shots from the game.
Miami had an overall great game only trailing early in the first quarter. Nearly all the starters finished the game scoring in double figures. In the fourth quarter Dwyane Wade took over scoring 12 of his 26 points in the period. Wade has become one of the NBA’s leading scorers in the final quarter. The day though belonged to Whiteside as he finished the day with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 blocks, including five on Bulls forward Taj Gibson alone, in just 24 minutes off the bench in his first game back from an ankle injury. The 12 blocks broke a Heat franchise record previously held by Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning who had nine.
While Miami had an overall 45.7% shooting percentage in the game the team shot an abysmal 1-13 from beyond the arc with Mario Chalmers making the only shot. While the Bulls failed to take advantage of the Heat’s misses that is something that needs to be avoided for Miami.
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Whiteside had his national TV coming out party today against a tough front line of Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, but waited until after the game to give his best shot. When asked in a postgame interview by ESPN’s Heather Cox what motivated him to have this game he stated “I’m just trying to up my NBA 2K rating” referring to the popular NBA2K video game franchise.