(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat received their rings and watched their 2013 championship banner rise to the rafters of American Airlines Arena, then it was back to business.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 30 points as the Heat opened up their quest for a three-peat with a 107-95 win over the Chicago Bulls.
“You never know what to expect when you’re trying to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But you can’t deny the emotions and what a special moment it was for everybody in the organization because we know how difficult that was and how harrowing that was last season. So it was great to actually get the win after that to cap off a very good night for the Miami Heat.”
The Bulls jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, before Miami closed the first half on a 52-24 run which saw the champs take control of the game for good.
Derrick Rose scored 12 points in his first game since tearing his ACL in April 2012.
“If anything, I’m disappointed in the loss.,” Rose said. “My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and keep down the turnovers.”
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