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“Just came up short,” Rose said.
Rose finished 8 for 27 from the field, with seven turnovers.
“All I can do now is put it behind me and go forward,” Rose said.
A day after being fined $50,000 for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan in Game 3, Bulls center Joakim Noah had six points and 14 rebounds in 45 minutes. And there seemed to be very little, if any, unusual rancor from Miami fans toward Noah.
Chicago’s lead was 46-44 at halftime, after some wild emotional swings — a 19-4 run by the Bulls, followed by a 29-9 spurt for the Heat, then capped by an 18-7 rebuttal by the Bulls to close the second quarter.
Game 2 star Udonis Haslem replaced Bosh with 3:49 left in the opening quarter, and for whatever reason, that was when the Heat began what became a 20-point turnaround over the next 10 minutes. They took a 19-8 deficit and turned it into a 37-28 lead, with Haslem on the floor the entire way.
Chicago grabbed the lead back, thanks to — who else? — the MVP.
Rose was 2 for 11 after getting blocked by James with 5:01 left in the half, and wouldn’t remain quiet much longer. He blew past Mario Chalmers for a dunk with 2:03 left until halftime, then had an even better slam — getting free with a crossover dribble, then elevating past Joel Anthony at the rim — for another three-point play 25 seconds later to put Chicago back on top.
The Heat never led in the third quarter, but Chicago never pulled away.
The Bulls were up by eight and had possession with 3 minutes left, before Miami scored eight of the game’s next 10 points to make a precarious deficit a bit more manageable and set up the unbelievable final quarter.
“Look, this series is an absolute bloodbath,” Spoelstra said. “It’s about as competitive and physical as it can be.”
And down 3-1, Rose conceded nothing.
“They are beatable,” Rose said.
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