How it happened: LeBron James almost rattled off another triple-double, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Heat closed down this series. Dwyane Wade added 18 points and made several huge plays down the stretch. Carlos Boozer had a solid offensive game for the Bulls, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds but it wasn't enough for a team that had nowhere to turn down the stretch.
What it means: The Bulls rallied from an 18-point deficit in the first quarter and came into the fourth with an eight-point lead, but they couldn't maintain it for the same reason they've struggled to lock up games all season -- they don't have the presence of a true closer to make shots. Heart and hustle took the Bulls a long way this season, but talent almost always wins out and the Heat simply have more elite level talent. James and Wade made plays when they had to and the Bulls couldn't find an answer. Derrick Rose surely would have helped stem the Heat's rally, and the presence of Luol Deng (illness) and Kirk Hinrich (calf) may have altered the course of this series, but the Bulls' issues run deeper than just getting Rose back as they head into the summer. They still need to find a second star to take the pressure off the former MVP whenever he does return. The fourth quarter of this game serves as another prime example of the fact that defense isn't always going to be enough against Miami. The Bulls front office must find a way to locate another star who can create his own shot down the stretch.
Hits: After barely playing in the postseason. Richard Hamilton saved one of his best games of the season for last, scoring 15 points in 35 minutes and giving the Bulls a spark off the bench. Thibodeau will be second-guessed all summer for his decision not to use Hamilton more in the playoffs.
Misses: Joakim Noah didn't have much of an impact on the game. He scored just three points in 42 minutes.
Stat of the night: The Bulls turned the ball over 16 times.
What's next: The offseason begins for the Bulls.