(MIAMI) — The Chicago Bulls continue to shock the basketball world.
Coming off a Game 7 win over Brooklyn and playing without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls went into Miami and stunned the Heat 93-86 to take a 1-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.
Nate Robinson scored 27 points while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds.
“I’ve played on some tough teams,” Robinson said. “But this one, there’s something a little different, something special about this group.
The Bulls were down seven points midway through the fourth quarter before going on a 10-0 run in the final two minutes to close it out.
LeBron James was held to just two points in the first half, but finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh chipped in a combined 23 points for the Heat.
“I’m not stunned,” James said. “This is what the playoffs is all about. We’re going against a really good team.”
The Heat are 41-3 in their last 44 games, with two of those losses coming to the Bulls.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami.
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