Bulls drop Game 2 to Miami, 85-75

May 19, 2011

by The Associated Press and City Room

(Getty/Gregory Shamus)
Derrick Rose #1 and Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls look on during Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat tied up their NBA playoff series against Chicago after the Bulls' lackluster showing Wednesday night.

The Heat beat the Bulls 85-75, in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals. Chicago star Derrick Rose's offensive game fell apart in the fourth quarter and the Bulls couldn't seem to find their defensive stride.

The Bulls, down by 11 in the third quarter, tied the game on a basket by Taj Gibson with a little more than seven minutes to go and then squandered several chances to take the lead against the determined Heat. Chicago managed just one basket the rest of the way, scoring only 10 points in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls shot 34 percent and were 4-for-16 in the last quarter. MVP Derrick Rose was just 7-for-23 shooting, missing all four of his attempts in the fourth and finishing with 21 points.

Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after the game that his team didn't bring the intensity.

"When we started missing shots, it took a lot out of us. We played low-energy offense. We played low-energy defense. And, uh, the result was not great," he said.

Game Three is on Sunday in Miami at 7:30.