MIAMI: Ray Allen scored 21 points as Miami rebounded from a game-one loss to rout Chicago 115-78 on Wednesday, handing the Bulls their most lopsided playoff defeat in franchise history.
LeBron James finished with 19 points and nine assists and Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole each scored 15 points in Wednesday’s chippy National Basketball Association contest that saw Bulls Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson ejected in the second half.
“Our guys came in with a stronger disposition,” said coach Erik Spoelstra after the Heat tied the second-round series at 1-1. “What we talked about was competing at highest level with composure. Our guys are ultra competitive.”
Allen came off the bench to score his 21 points in just 19 minutes of playing time for the Heat, who had six players score in double figures and shot an impressive 60 percent from the field at American Airlines Arena.
Miami bounced back in a big way from a 93-86 game-one loss where they shot just 39 percent from the field.
The injury-plagued Bulls lost their composure at times as they compiled a total of 27 fouls, including a half dozen technicals. Gibson and Noah were ejected early in the fourth quarter.
“They were more aggressive more determined,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We were back on our heels. We got sidetracked and we can’t do that.
The Heat dominated at both ends of the court, forcing the Bulls to turn the ball over 19 times.
Marco Belinelli paced Chicago with 13 points and six assists and Noah scored 12 points before being ejected.
Game three of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is Friday in Chicago.
The game in front of a crowd of 19,817 at the American Airlines Arena included 51 personal fouls, seven technicals and the two ejections.
“Chicago is going to be physical and we are not going to shy away from it,” James said.
The Heat returned to their dominating ways on Wednesday against the Bulls team that had snapped Miami’s 27-game win streak earlier in the season.