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Heat receive rings, defeat Bulls in Rose’s return

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MIAMI– #TheReturn came in two forms Tuesday night. The Miami Heat saw their championship memories return as they received their rings and raised their 2012-13 NBA Championship banner on their home court. The man who started #TheReturn Derrick Rose, also made his return, his first in-season action since April 2012.

The Bulls came out with a hot start but lived, and died by the three-ball in their loss, going 7-26 from long-range. Rose played 34 minutes in his return, going 4-15 from the field, and 1-7 from long distance, to go for 12 points, with four assists and one rebound. While the common belief is that the Bulls will amnesty cut power forward Carlos Boozer, he was their star player of the night dropping 31 points and 7 rebounds.

The team was held back by their faults, committing 27 personal fouls, most of which came early with Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng having to leave the first half of the game with early foul trouble. Deng was the biggest disappointment for Chicago on the night as he finished with four points and five rebounds on 2-8 from the field, 0-5 from long distance, but did add four assists.

Reigning NBA and NBA Finals MVP, LeBron James summed up the win in very simple fashion:

“It’s a team game,” James said. “That’s what this team is put together for.” (ESPN.com)

James had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists in what could be considered a quiet night for the league’s top dog. When it comes to the whole team concept James was referring to, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, Norris Cole, and Ray Allen all made into double-digit scoring.

While the three-point shot killed Chicago, it also fueled the Heat who went 11-20 from deep. The team effort and efficiency propelled the Heat to a 17-0 run in the second quarter, which led to a 54-33 halftime lead.

The second half saw small runs by the Bulls who got it down to as little as 8, but the Heat went right back to their top dogs in Wade and James, and the win was secured.

With the win, the Heat looked the championship caliber team that’s shooting for a three-peat, while the Bulls looked needy to shake off rust.

LeBron James is 31 points away from 25,000 total in his career. James will look to become the 28th NBA player to reach that milestone.

Heat receive their rings: (Courtesy of NBA)

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