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Yes, 62-20. And James, the now four-time MVP, scored only three of those 62 points. Everyone was getting in the act.
"We are going to have to fight for every win," Wade said. "And tonight, we did a good job in the beginning of the game of setting the tone."
By the time the barrage was over, it was 104-58 Miami, and that happened not long after Chalmers got a technical in the third quarter, then Noah and Gibson earned their ejections early in the fourth.
"We got sidetracked and you can’t do that," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We allowed frustration to carry over to the next play. ... You come in here, you’re not going to get calls. That’s reality."
Oh, they got calls, just not the calls they wanted. Noah made sure the officiating crew knew his thoughts before he departed.
"I just wanted to let the referee, I wanted to let him know, how I felt about the game," Noah said.
Even TNT announcer Steve Kerr, a former Bulls player, questioned the officiating at that point, as replays of a borderline goaltending call that he thought should have gone Chicago’s way were shown.
"I don’t blame Gibson," Kerr said on-air as Gibson left the court.
Wade said losing Game 1 was Miami’s first true taste of adversity all season, and he was eager to see how the Heat responded. He said the team simply looked itself in the mirror and challenged itself to do better.
"We did a pretty good job," James said.
That being said, the job is far from done. Chicago’s "Madhouse on Madison" now awaits.Next Page >
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