The Chicago Bulls overcame a six-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to notch a victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Two of the newest Bulls both hauled in double-doubles. Nikola Vucevic put up 24 points and 11 rebounds while Daniel Theis added 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
Coby White also helped the cause as he scored 17 points for the Bulls, who outscored the Heat by 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Jimmy Butler added 33 points for the Heat, increasing his points-per-game average against the team that drafted him to 27.3, the highest PPG average for Butler against any other team in the NBA.
Bulls Stick Around
The Bulls did not start this one off well as they shot only 41% from the field in the first quarter, including just 1-7 from beyond the arc. But the Bulls defense continued to impress as they held the Heat to 45% from the field.
Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and Trevor Ariza all had at least 13 points in the first half but the Heat struggled overall, especially from three-point range, shooting just 4-18 in the opening 24 minutes. The Bulls were able to stick around and only trailed by one point going into the break.
Back and Forth Affair, But Bulls Away
There were many lead changes throughout this one, but the Heat did keep the Bulls at arm’s length throughout the third quarter. The Bulls continued to struggle from the field but the defense kept them in it. Eventually, the Bulls ended the game on a 36-20 run.
Daniel Theis was a big part of that run as he added ten points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter alone. The Bulls also kept the Heat to just 7-35 from the three-point line overall, helped by the absence of sharpshooter Duncan Robinson.
The game was tied at 97 with five minutes remaining but the Bulls outscored Miami 13-5 the rest of the way to pull away and get to within one game of the tenth-placed Wizards.