Tough defense limits Heat attack

While Luol Deng's three-pointer was the game winner, it was his defense that helped set the tone in the second half. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

Deng slows down LeBron late
NEXT-LEVEL: LeBron James dominated in the half court in the first half when Luol Deng was the primary defender, connecting on 5-of-7 shots for 14 points. The second half was a different story. Deng held James to one field goal on six shot attempts, including James’ miss on the potential game-tying three-point field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Bosh experiences shooting woes
NEXT-LEVEL: Chris Bosh struggled mightily from the field Thursday night as the Bulls held him to 1-of-18 shooting. Bosh even missed the close opportunities, going 0-for-5 inside of five feet, including missing four layups. Entering the matchup against the Bulls, Bosh had made 68 percent of his shots within five feet of the basket. Bosh’s only made field goal Thursday came from 18 feet away.

Bulls’ half-court defense stifle Heat
NEXT-LEVEL: The Bulls’ defense was able to shut down the Heat’s seventh-ranked half-court offense (0.94 PPP) by surrendering only 56 points on 30 percent shooting. The Heat’s production in the half court was well below their season averages entering Thursday’s game.

Aggressive Deng succeeds in transition
NEXT-LEVEL: Luol Deng scored all nine of his transition points in the second half versus the Heat. After struggling to find a rhythm in the first half, Deng was more aggressive late connecting on two field goals and knocking down 3-of-3 free throws from transition opportunities.