Why this Heat loss was no outlier

MIAMI -- Nate Robinson literally left AmericanAirlines Arena in stitches, holding an ice pack against his mouth to soothe the pain caused by a collision with LeBron James.

But that was simply a flesh wound compared to the blow the feisty Chicago Bulls delivered Monday to stagger the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. Robinson, one of the Bulls' heroes during their improbable playoff run amid a rash of illness and injuries, finished one assist short of a triple-double in rallying short-handed Chicago to a 93-86 victory against rested and supposedly ready Miami.

The official totals for Robinson on Monday: a game-high 27 points, nine assists and 10 stitches to close a gash in his mouth. Yet the Heat were the ones left checking their jaws.

"We didn't expect to lose Game 1," Heat center Chris Bosh said, flatly. "It's a kick in the chin. And we're going to have to get up, dust ourselves off and counter. Playoffs are ugly. It's been a little bit too pretty around here, to be honest."

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