Bulls endure heat for ‘pro win’


Patrick Beverley just wanted to see his new team “win professionally.”

That meant enduring counter-punching and knockout deliveries and coming out with energy and first punches against playoff teams like the Heat.

The Bulls guard and his teammates ticked all those boxes.


In a season where big leads turn into bad losses, perhaps this group has finally figured it out.

“Honestly, there haven’t been many moments like that this year,” coach Billy Donovan said of Saturday’s 113-99 victory over the Heat. It was good for us to be able to deal with such a team when they really got back into the game.

“This was a difficult back-to-back rapid turnaround [from the double-overtime win over the Timberwolves on Friday]I hope we can learn from this, grow and become better as a group. “

Beverly was there to do everything possible to ensure that.

“I understood that this was a necessary victory,” he said. “We didn’t want to get muddy. We wanted to throw the first punch, so we did. They reacted like any good team would, and our first punch was really heavy. It led to victory

If it was really a boxing match, I would have been stopped in the second round. Not only did the Bulls dominate his end defensively, holding the Heat to 45 points (40%) on 16 of his 40 shots, but he also performed his clinic offensively.

And an unlikely player is leading the way. After Beverley scored in the paint to Heat players, he was hitting 3-pointers when they weren’t gesticulating “too small.”

Yes, it’s not a typo.

The former Marshall standout entered the night shooting 3 to 31% as the Bulls. He corrected course in the second quarter with just over five minutes remaining.

Beverly first dialed long distance in the 26-footer as the Bulls went up to 14. A minute later he was 25 on a pass from Nikola Vucevic. DeMar DeRozan then found Beverly over the arc and extended the lead to his 18th.

Beverly then mixed it up and attacked Heat in the paint for a layup. With 2:34 remaining, Beverly hit his 3-pointer for the fourth time. The Bulls lead was up to 21 when the smoke settled around the point guard.

When the Heat called timeout, Beverly ran to the crowd, animated and excited, trying to turn up the volume at the United Center even more.

done. The Bulls finished the first half with him 25 points, 61.7% from the field and 9-for-17 (52.9%) from 3-pointers. It is impossible for most teams to allow his 70-45 lead.

But losing double-digit leads is a staple of the Bulls (33-37), and it will be no different against the Hutts.

Thanks to former Bull Jimmy Butler’s 14 points, the Heat gave the Heat a chance and outscored the Bulls 32-20 in the third quarter.

With 8:43 remaining in the game, Tyler Hero’s 3 cut the lead to 3. Too often, such momentum has no answer, but there was Saturday when Zach LaVine hit a 3 and the Bulls scored his 11-6 spurt.

After a heat timeout with 3:26 remaining in hopes of a final run, the Bulls delivered a punch, rattling off three consecutive baskets to extend their lead to 17.

The only downer of the night came when starter Alex Caruso left the game in the first half due to a nagging sprain in his left midfoot. He was seen leaving the arena in walking boots.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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