Game 4: Bulls 92, Heat 79
Ben Gordon scored 24 points, Luol Deng added 22 points and 12 rebounds and the Bulls swept the 2006 champion Miami Heat to advance to the second round for the first time since 1998.
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The Miami Heat thought to have had the perfect strategy late in the game to save their season -- foul the worst Chicago Bulls free throw shooter even if he didn't have the ball. Ben Wallace, who shot 41 percent from the charity stripe during the regular season, sank four consecutive free throws in the last three minutes to ice Chicago's 92-79 triumph
and a first-round sweep of the 2006 champion Heat.
Ben Gordon recorded 24 points and Luol Deng tallied 22 and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
Miami became the first defending champions to lose in the first round since the San Antonio Spurs in 2000 and the first to be swept in the same round since the Philadelphia Warriors in 1957.
Dwyane Wade registered 24 points and 10 assists, while Shaquille O'Neal chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds. James Posey grabbed 18 boards.
Chicago will take on a familiar foe in the second round, the Detroit Pistons, which it defeated three of four times during the regular season.
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