Basketball

Bulls open up with rout

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose scored 28 points, Luol Deng contained LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls struck first in the Eastern Conference finals, pulling away to beat the Miami Heat 103-82 in Game 1 on Sunday night.

The Bulls are off to a good start in this series after sweeping the Heat during the regular season. They went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth. As the final minutes ticked away, fans could not contain themselves, chanting "Over-rated!" and "Beat the Heat!"

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Chicago, and they'll certainly take another performance like this.

Rose settled down after committing three early turnovers and showed why he is the MVP. He hit three three-pointers and the Bulls converted 10 of 21 in all.

Deng had 21 points. He hit four threes, had four steals, seven rebounds and simply put the clamps on The King, holding James to 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

Carlos Boozer added 14 points and nine rebounds. Joakim Noah had 14 rebounds and the Bulls pounded the Heat on the glass, 45-33. Chris Bosh led Miami with 30 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points, but the Heat simply were overmatched down the stretch.

The Heat were leading 58-57 midway through the third when the Bulls made their run, reeling off 10 straight and seizing the momentum.

Rose and Bogans started it by nailing three-pointers. A steal by Bogans against Wade led to two free throws by Rose after he got knocked to the floor going for a fast-break layup.

Then, after a timeout, Noah blocked a layup by Wade and scored seconds later on a layup off an inbounds along the Bulls' baseline, making it 67-58.

The Heat's James Jones stopped the run with a 3, but the Bulls simply weren't about to be stopped.

When Deng hit a three with 1:15 left, the crowd jumped to its feet and let out a roar. More important, that started a 14-3 run that stretched into the fourth and put this one away.

Whether it was Boozer feeding Omer Asik for a dunk early in the fourth or Deng racing in to put back his own missed jumper after a three by James, there was plenty for the Chicago fans to cheer during that stretch. They were loving it when Ronnie Brewer stole pass from Mario Chalmers and hit two free throws, then dunked to make it 80-66. And when C.J. Watson buried a three to put the lead at 17, they just about came unglued.

MIAMI (82): James 5-15 4-4 15, Bosh 12-18 6-6 30, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Bibby 2-4 0-0 4, Wade 7-17 4-4 18, Jones 1-2 1-1 4, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Chalmers 4-7 0-0 9, Magloire 1-2 0-0 2, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, House 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-68 15-15 82

CHICAGO (103): Deng 7-15 3-3 21, Boozer 5-10 4-4 14, Noah 4-14 1-2 9, Rose 10-22 5-6 28, Bogans 1-4 0-0 3, Brewer 3-5 2-2 8, Gibson 4-8 1-1 9, Watson 1-4 0-0 3, Korver 1-3 0-0 3, Asik 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 38-87 17-20 103

Miami2325 15 19—o 82 Chicago 20 28 24 31—103

3-Point Goals—Miami 3-8 (Jones 1-1, Chalmers 1-2, James 1-3, Bibby 0-1, Wade 0-1), Chicago 10-21 (Deng 4-6, Rose 3-7, Korver 1-2, Watson 1-2, Bogans 1-3, Brewer 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Miami 36 (Bosh 9), Chicago 52 (Noah 14). Assists—Miami 11 (James 6), Chicago 23 (Rose 6). Total Fouls—Miami 15, Chicago 13. Technicals—Chicago defensive three second. A—22,874 (20,917).

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