Heat blows over Bulls, 112-99, in battle for top two teams in the East

The Chicago Bulls had a chance to get revenge on the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, but instead the Heat extended their conference lead to two games with a decisive 112-99 win.

Miami built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led to 24 in the win. The Heat got 20 points each from point guards Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro.

The Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan — who was unstoppable on a streak that included an eight-game streak scoring at least 35 points — had just 18 against the Heat. It’s his lowest total since Jan. 14, marking a 20-game streak with at least 20 points. Chicago was instead led by Zach LaVine who scored 22.

With the win, the Heat improved to 41-21 while the Bulls fell to 39-23. In third place in the Eastern Conference lurk the suddenly red-hot Philadelphia 76ers at 37-23 after back-to-back dominant wins in the first two games with James Harden in the lineup.

Next up for Miami is a pair of road games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. The Bulls will look to avoid a three-game losing streak in a road game Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks.

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