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Surprising Haslem lifts Heat

CHICAGO -- It was obvious from the end of the national anthem.

At that moment in the United Center before the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls met for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, it was easy to see that there would be something different, something special, about Udonis Haslem's night.

Haslem was still standing at his pregame spot near the free-throw line, with his head bowed and eyes closed, long after players from both teams had retreated back to their respective benches following the conclusion of the anthem.

More than 23,000 people had crammed into the building. But in that instance, Haslem was all alone.

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