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Heat's Defense Smothers Bulls

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In a physical, final regular-season meeting between the Eastern Conference’s two best teams, the Heat defeated the Bulls 83-72 on Thursday at American Airlines Arena. If it wasn’t a preview of the playoffs, it was certainly a signal that a possible rematch between Miami and Chicago in the East finals will be a fight for every possession and struggle for every field goal.

With one of its most inspired efforts since the All-Star break, the Heat held the Bulls to 35.7 percent shooting from the field and 12.5 percent from three-point range. Yes, the Bulls were without star guard Derrick Rose but the Heat played minus forward Chris Bosh and center Ronny Turiaf. Rose, Bosh and Turiaf all missed the game because of injuries.

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