(MIAMI) — The potential Eastern Conference finals for this year came down to the wire on Sunday. The Miami Heat (15-5) held of the Chicago Bulls (17-5), 97-93.
The Bulls were down by one point with 22.7 seconds remaining and Derrick Rose stood at the line with the game at hand. But he failed to hit either of his two free throws and Miami left victorious.
“This is so surreal right now knowing that I had a chance to win the game,” said Rose, emotional at his locker afterward. “And this time it didn’t work out.”
Heat guard LeBron James led the way with 35 points for his team but almost let the game slip away when he missed two free throws down the final minute of the game.
“The ball was on our side this time,” said James.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN