Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls, 100-93
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 27, 2017 07:13 AM
FILE - MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 1: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on November 1, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Mike Helfgot, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 24 points and the Miami Heat followed the lowest-scoring first quarter in team history with their highest-scoring one of the season to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-93 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Miami had 38 in the second to take a 45-42 lead.
Wayne Ellington added 19 points, James Johnson had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jerian Grant led Chicago with 24 points. Denzel Valentine had 14 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Ellington ignited the Heat after the 2-for-19 first-quarter from the field, scoring 10 points and hitting three three-pointers as Miami shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter.
Tyler Johnson and Kelly OIynyk added 10 points apiece off the bench as four members of the Heat’s second unit reached double figures.
Justin Holliday added 15 points for Chicago.
Heat: Whiteside (knee) was in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) practice to receive treatment. ... F James Johnson had at least five rebounds and five assists in a game for the fifth time this season. ... Miami (10-9) exceeded the .500 mark for the first time since winning two of three to open the season.
Bulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he’s “hoping” G David Nwaba will return to practice on Monday. Nwaba (sprained right ankle) missed his ninth consecutive game. ... The home game was just Chicago’s seventh of the season, tied with Toronto for fewest in the NBA. ... Grant scored 62 points in Chicago’s past three games (38 past two). His single-game high was 13 prior to this stretch.
FROSTY FIRST QUARTER
The Heat shot 2-of-19 from the field in the first quarter but only trailed 13-7 because the Bulls managed to make just 4-of-24 shots, including 1-for-15 inside the three-point arc.
The 20 combined points were the fewest in any quarter in Bulls history.
Ellington continued his hot three-point shooting, going 5-of-8 behind the arc.
The veteran reserve made multiple three-pointers in each of the Heat’s past four games, going 20-for-35 in that stretch, and at least one in 11 straight. Ellington is shooting 44.2 percent for the season.
Heat: At Cleveland on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Bulls: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).