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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Chicago Bulls prevented LeBron James 
from  making a  trip to the foul  line in their 95-88 overtime victory against 
the Miami Heat on Sunday. 

With  Jimmy Butler  as his primary defender, James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 
shooting  from the field. In addition, James did not attempt a free throw in a 
game for the first time since Dec. 2, 2009. 

Butler  recorded 16  points, 11 rebounds, four steals and one block. His block 
came against James in the final second of regulation. 

Joakim  Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks for the 
Bulls,  who have  split the  first  two games  of a  six-game homestand.  D.J. 
Augustin tallied 22 points. 

"I want what they have -- a championship," Noah said. "One day, we're going to 
have to get through those guys." 

Dwyane  Wade ended with  25 points for the Heat, who have lost three in a row. 
Chris Bosh donated 15 points. 

The  Heat extended  their lead  to 74-62  on James'  slam with  10:16 left  in 
regulation. 

But  the Bulls scored the  next 13  points to go  in front. Butler capped the 
surge with a pair of free throws to make it 75-74. 

It  remained close  and the  game was  tied at  84 on  James' layup  with 1:10 
remaining.  Wade followed with a steal before making two free throws with 29.2 
seconds left. 

Kirk Hinrich responded with a layup at the other end to tie the game. The game 
went  to overtime after Butler stripped the ball away from James as he went up 
for a layup with less than one second remaining. 

"I  dropped  the ball. It's  like a double  entendre," James said. "I actually 
dropped  the ball, but I dropped the ball on my team. I had it. That's a great 
play.  I give a lot of credit to Jimmy. He got his hand on the ball, but I had 
the lane. I had the layup." 

Chicago  dominated the extra session, which Augustin started with a 3-pointer. 
The home team scored the first nine points of overtime and never looked back. 

Earlier,  the Bulls  led  21-19  after the  first  quarter.  Miami,  however, 
controlled  the pace  of play in the  second period and took a 43-37 lead into 
the locker room. 

The Heat led 67-59 after three quarters of play. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Bulls and Heat  split four games this season ... Miami went 21-of-22 from 
the  foul line ...  Norris Cole had 11 points for the Heat ... Hinrich tallied 
11 points and two steals for the Bulls. 

 
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