After shocking the Miami Heat in Game 1, the Chicago Bulls found themselves the victim of a 37-point blowout in Game 2 on Wednesday night, 115-78. It was the biggest margin of defeat in a playoff game in the history of the franchise and Miami’s largest margin of victory in the history of their franchise.
Miami came out as the aggressors from the outset and the Bulls were outplayed from the jump ball to the final buzzer. Thankfully, the series is tied 1-1 as the scene shifts to the United Center on Friday for Game 3.
Tom Thibodeau’s teams have always bounced back from embarrassing defeats and expect the third game in the series to be no different.
There’s not a whole lot of good you can point out when a team loses a game by 37 points. To even put anything in this space would be irresponsible.
If there weren’t a subsequent section called ‘The Ugly,’ there would be nothing to place in this space either. Chicago turned the ball over 19 times and Miami turned those giveaways into 28 points. The Heat outscored the Bulls in every quarter of the game, giving up just 15 points after halftime in the third quarter.
No shortage of things to talk about here. The Heat finished +13 in rebound margin in the game, 41-28. Miami was also a +38 in points in the paint scoring, 56-18, and +18 in fast break points, 20-2. No Bulls player scored more than 13 points in the game, and the Heat had six players score in double-digits to the Bulls’ three. The Heat bench outscored the Bulls’, 55-25 and Chicago had two players ejected in Joakim Noah (12 points, six rebounds) and Taj Gibson (eight points, three rebounds). The Bulls also shot 36 percent from the field while allowing the Heat to shoot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.