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Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Playing without LeBron James, the Miami Heat 
had  no problem dispatching  the Chicago Bulls on Sunday thanks to the rest of 
the Big 3. 

Chris Bosh scored 28 points with 10 rebounds and Dwyane Wade added a 23-point, 
10-rebound double-double to help the Heat to a 93-79 win. 

James  missed  the contest  because  of  a broken  nose  that  he suffered  in 
Thursday's  lopsided  win over the Oklahoma  City Thunder, and the Heat expect 
him  to  be back in the  lineup when they face  the Knicks at home this coming 
Thursday. 

Mario Chalmers deposited 12 points with nine assists and Ray Allen contributed 
10 points off the bench in Miami's fifth straight win. 

"It  was a good Eastern Conference win for our guys coming off the West Coast. 
And  that's  what  it  was,  it  was a  welcome  back  to  Eastern  Conference 
basketball," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. 

Joakim Noah finished with 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds and Taj Gibson 
netted  20 points  with 10 boards for Chicago, which had its season-high tying 
five-game winning streak snapped. 

"Those  guys  have ended  our seasons a  lot," Noah said.  "You've got to hate 
playing those guys, and every time we play them our intensity has to be high." 

Both teams played a tightly contested first half with each having a lead by no 
more  than five and  Wade's jumper as time expired in the second quarter tying 
the game at 40-apiece at the break. 

Carlos  Boozer  knocked down a  pair of  free throws to  give the Bulls a slim 
50-49  lead with 5:21  left in the third. Bosh then responded with a 3-pointer 
that sparked a 16-2 run to end the frame. 

Chicago  went 0-for-7  from the  field with  four turnover  in the  final five 
minutes of the quarter. 

Wade made two free throws and a layup around an Allen 3 as the Heat took their 
largest  lead of the game, 75-56, with over eight minutes left. The Bulls were 
held  to  29-of-81 (35.8  percent) shooting  in the game  and couldn't get any 
closer than 11 the rest of the way. 

                                   Game Notes 

There  were 11  ties and nine lead  changes ... Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points 
and Kirk Hinrich added 10 in the setback ... Chicago's Jimmy Butler missed the 
contest with a bruised rib ... Greg Oden scored five points with five rebounds 
in  12:49 of  action in his first  start since 2009 ... The Bulls outrebounded 
the Heat 51-41 ... Miami scored 22 points off 19 Chicago turnovers. 

 
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