CHICAGO, April 30 (Ticker) --
The Chicago Bulls will head back to Florida
with their best-of-seven first-round series with the Miami Heat
even at two games apiece. Unfortunately, they may also be
without their best low-post threat.
collected 21 points - including a huge 3-pointer
with just over a minute to go - and nine assists as the Bulls
posted a 93-87 triumph over Heat.
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scored 24 points and Ben Gordon
added 23 for the
Bulls, who lost center Tyson Chandler
to an apparently serious
right ankle sprain in the final minute. A Bulls official said
Chandler has a mild-to-moderate sprain and is day-to-day, then
added that the center still had to go for X-rays.
"We have really progressed since the games in Miami," Gordon
said. "The last two home games we have really buckled down to
make the plays necessary to win the game. Right now we have a
lot of momentum and confidence heading into Game Five."
The Heat rallied from an 13-point third-quarter deficit to take
an 83-82 lead on a 3-pointer by Derek Anderson
with 2 1/2
minutes to play. Hinrich tied the game by splitting two free
throws 15 seconds later before Chicago took an 85-83 edge on a
teardrop by Chris Duhon
with 1:42 left.
"We made a lot of big plays to win this game," Bulls coach
said. "We played great defensively, except for the
stretch where they drove by us by making some threes. Then
(when) we had to be, we were aggressive."
After All-Star guard Dwyane Wade
missed a jumper for Miami,
Hinrich nailed a long 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down
for an 88-83 lead with 1:09 to play.
"I knew I was behind the line a little ways," Hinrich said.
"The clock had gotten down to about five seconds and they were
off me, so I took a rhythm dribble and let it go."
Wade pulled Miami within 88-85 with a layup five seconds later
and Hinrich turned the ball over on Chicago's next possession.
With about 37 seconds left, Wade missed a shot over an onrushing
Chandler, who rolled his ankle upon landing. Udonis Haslem
Wade both missed follow shots before Duhon grabbed the rebound,
got fouled and sank two free throws to essentially ice it.
"After we tied them at 80, we starting putting them on the
line," Wade said. "They are a tough team to beat when you do
that. Their guards (were) not penetrating on us, just getting
picks on picks on picks."
scored 21 points and Wade added 20 and 10
rebounds for the Heat, who host Game Five on Tuesday.
"All they did was hold serve at home," Walker said. "That's
what they are supposed to do. Tuesday night will be the biggest
game of the series. We are a talented team and it's time to
Coming off an eight-point Game Three, All-Star Heat center
was in foul trouble for much of the contest but
finished with 16 points in just 24 minutes of action. He
declined to speak with reporters after the game.