LeBron was clearly the best player on the floor, but save for a clutch 3-pointer, he completely ran out of gas down the stretch. Simply put, Miami's offense looked like a mess unless LeBron or Dwyane Wade was dictating it. LeBron anchored the Heat's attack as the primary point guard but settled for jumpers with mismatches on the Bulls' big men instead of taking his shots off the dribble.
Wade took over in the fourth with circus shot after circus shot, but he failed to hit the game winner in regulation. For the first three quarters, Wade struggled to put the ball through the net unless he was within arm's reach of the rim. With the exception of a hot streak early in the fourth quarter, Wade was as cold as a Chicago winter.
Another disappearing act in crunch time. As part of Erik Spoelstra's Great Lineup Experiment of 2012, Bosh was entrusted to lead a lineup without LeBron or Wade on the floor, and that's precisely when everything fell apart for Miami in the first half. His shot-blocking was a revelation on a night when the Heat needed presence underneath, but Taj Gibson manhandled him down the stretch.
The Heat were running on fumes against the Bulls' reserves, but the talent differential should have been enough to compensate for fatigue. Udonis Haslem's absence hurt some, as they were forced to play 4-on-5 after halftime, but the Bulls came up with all the big shots. The Heat? They could only look on, huffing and puffing.
The Bulls' supporting cast needed to step up in a big way with Derrick Rose being held scoreless in the first half for the first time in his career. And step up it did. Kyle Korver and the Bulls' bench mob kept Chicago afloat with hustle and timely shots. Just another day at the office for the never-say-die Bulls.