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He threw an alley-oop lob to Chris Andersen with 20.7 seconds left in the first half, and the ball sort of caromed back to him after the play. As decades of instinct told him to do, he grabbed it.

That’s a no-no this season.

James was whistled for delay of game, a point of emphasis for the league this season in an effort to speed up play. James had a resigned look on his face, knowing the call was coming.

A look at the scoreboard probably put him in a better mood: The Heat led 54-33 at halftime.

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ROUGH START: Maybe they were blinded by the rings which weighed nearly 5 ounces each and included 242 round-cut diamonds, 1 1/2 carats of custom baguette-cut diamonds, and three black onyx stones totaling 10.3 carats, but Miami and Chicago got off to a slow start. The Heat lead 17-15 after one quarter as neither team could find much rhythm on offense.

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PRESIDENTIAL TWEET: Pat Riley, the President of the Miami Heat, received his ninth NBA championship ring on Tuesday night.

Barack Obama, the President of the United States, was rooting for the other guys.

At 7:07 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, about an hour before tipoff, the following message _ “Welcome back, (at)drose. (hashtag)BullsNation” _ was posted to Obama’s Twitter account.

Probably a good chance it’ll get brought up when the Heat visit the White House sometime later this season in recognition of their 2013 NBA title. Obama makes no secret of the fact that he’s a Bulls fan.

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CELEBRATION: Tuesday was a day for Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to celebrate. There was a new banner for his team to raise, a third NBA championship team for his finger, and an 11th pro season for him to begin.

Oh, and there was birthday cake as well.

Wade’s longtime girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, turned 41 on Tuesday night. And a few months ago, when Wade saw the schedule for the first time, his first thought was that “we can’t lose on my lady’s birthday.”

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