Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Though the Bulls are missing top players due to injury and illness, the team still managed to stun the Heat in Miami.
The Bulls pulled off Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, beating the Heat 93-86.
Though the Bulls were down seven points halfway through the fourth quarter, they wouln't be stopped. They pulled out a 10-0 run in the final 1:59 of the game, ending the Heat's 12 game winning streak.
With Derrick Rose still recovering from ACL surgery, Kirk Hinrich suffering from a calf injury and Luol Deng in Chicago recovering from a spinal tap, the rest of the Bulls steped up their game.
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, spitting blood and playing with a cut lip that would require 10 stitches. Robinson has proven himself to be a tough player this postseason, playing through a virus that left him throwing up on the sidelines of Game 6 against the Nets and turning it up after having his head stepped on during Game 7 in Brooklyn.
Jimmy Butler also showed up big against Miami, scoring 27 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds. He played the entire game for the third straight time, sticking with LeBron James. James had 9 points through three quarters, but would end the game with 24.
The Heat are 41-3 in their last 44 games. The Bulls are now 3-2 against Miami this season.
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