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CHICAGO -- The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve

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CHICAGO -- The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve. Pat Tillman Jersey . Knocking off the defending champions was a nice one. Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Bulls pounded LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night. Luol Deng had 20 points, Taj Gibson chipped in with 19, and Joakim Noah added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls had no trouble taking out the Southeast Division leaders. Chicago took control early on and hung on down the stretch after watching a 25-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 12 late in the game. It was an impressive showing by a team that had dropped six of seven and is once again trying to get by without the injured Derrick Rose. "Our team needed it," Noah said. "We went through a lot the past couple of weeks. Its really hard to play without Derrick. I want to win with Derrick Rose." The Bulls shot 50 per cent and were 10 for 19 on 3-pointers -- four by Deng and three by Kirk Hinrich, who scored 13. They also outrebounded Miami 49-27. James scored 21 points for Miami, but the Heat shot a season low for the second straight game, converting 41.6 per cent from the field after hitting 43.9 per cent in Tuesdays loss to Detroit. "We cant just brush this loss aside," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We have to really own it, to understand what happened. They just got whatever they wanted, right in the paint, at the rim and if they missed those, then theyre just beating us up at the glass." It didnt help that Dwyane Wade stayed back at the hotel with an illness after sitting out the previous game because of knee soreness. Chris Andersen missed this one for personal reasons, but the Heat will get no sympathy from Chicago. After all, the Bulls lost Rose to a torn meniscus in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22, and although the former MVP left the door slightly open for a playoff return earlier in the day, the team has ruled him out for the rest of the season. "We really got snake-bitten," Gibson said. "When that happened to Derrick, that was really like, Wow. Were a family in here. When that stuff kind of happens, it was just ... tough. We were on the road, odds were against us." And as if that six-game trip wasnt difficult enough, there was a triple-overtime loss to New Orleans on Monday in their first game back at the United Center. The Bulls did just fine on Thursday, although things got a little tight down the stretch. Miami cut it to 93-81 on Norris Coles runner with 5:38 remaining. But Gibson answered with a jumper and blocked a layup by Udonis Haslem. Deng made a 3 with just under four minutes left to make it 98-81, and Chicago hung on from there. Before that, the only tension came early in the third quarter when Hinrich took a shot to the neck from Cole away from the ball. The result was an angry exchange, a flagrant foul one for Cole and a technical for Hinrich. The Bulls guard hit both free throws after James missed a foul shot, making it 67-45. Boozer led a scorching start by Chicago, scoring 19 points as the Bulls built a 58-44 halftime lead. But in the end, it was the Bulls rebounding and defence that had the Heat shaking their heads. "Weve never been a great rebounding team but weve been able to overcome that," James said. "Teams have done a much better job of rebounding against us. It could be an effort thing, it could be a lot of things but we just got to go out and just go get them. "Im going to do a better job of that, get more rebounds. But its a group thing for a team. We dont have a Kevin Love or Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard, those types of guys who can get you 15-plus, we have to do it as a collective group." NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the game to honour Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. ... This was the Bulls most lopsided win over the Heat since a 126-96 blowout at Miami on Jan. 16, 2008. ... Andersen expected to rejoin Miami on Friday in Minnesota. The Heat play the Timberwolves on Saturday. Mike Iupati Jersey . Ronaldo failed to connect on an ample number of opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored in each half for Madrid to come out of the first leg with the firm advantage. Josh Mauro Jersey . He will just have to wait a little longer. Bester grabbed an early lead before Scotlands Darren Burnett took over and ran away with the mens singles lawn bowling final 21-9 on Friday. http://www.uscardinalslockroom.com/ . Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley told local media in comments published Wednesday that John Tomic would not be allowed into Melbourne Park in any official capacity or as a spectator.Manchester City and Manchester United left it late to avoid embarrassment at the hands of lower-league opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, leaving third-tier Sheffield United to deliver the biggest shock of the third round.On the day Englands top teams entered the fray in world footballs most famous domestic cup competition, there were a slew of close calls for Premier League sides but only Queens Park Rangers fell at the first hurdle.QPR lost 3-0 to Sheffield United, which is making a habit of producing so-called giant-killings in cup competitions. The team belied its lowly league placing to reach the semifinals of the FA Cup last season and has advanced to the same stage of the League Cup this season, where it takes on Tottenham over two legs this month.I dont think people will take us lightly, United coach Chris Morgan said. In the last calendar year, weve beaten five Premier League clubs.Man City looked like going the same way as QPR, only for James Milner — a midfielder playing as a makeshift striker — to score in the 66th minute and again in injury time in a 2-1 win over second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. City, the joint leader in the Premier League with Chelsea, beat the same opposition 7-0 in the League Cup this season.I am relieved, City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. We play very badly, except the last 20 minutes.Man United was also unconvincing against Yeovil, which is bottom of the third tier, and needed goals in the final 26 minutes from midfiielders Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria for a 2-0 win. Evan Boehm Jersey. Herreras strike was a brilliant volley on the turn from 25 metres, a goal that lit up a poor-quality match at Huish Park.We battled for 60, 70 minutes and then Ander scored a spectacular goal, United midfielder Darren Fletcher said. Sometimes thats what it takes.Stoke avoided what would have been one of the biggest shocks in the cups 144-year history, scoring three times in the final 10 minutes to beat non-league Wrexham 3-1.Chelsea also relied on a second-half revival, scoring three goals in a 14-minute burst through Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma for a 3-0 win over Watford. In another late show from a Premier League club, Christian Bentekes 88th-minute strike earned Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over Blackpool, which plays in the second tier.Arsenal had it more comfortable, with the defending champions beating Hull 2-0 in a repeat of last seasons final thanks to goals by Per Mertesacker and the superb Alexis Sanchez.Also Sunday, Southampton was held to a 1-1 draw by second-tier Ipswich, Crystal Palace — managed for the first time by Alan Pardew — thrashed non-league side Dover 4-0 and Sunderland beat second-tier Leeds 1-0.Liverpool and Tottenham play their opening matches of the competition on Monday, with the third round — one of the highlights of the English football calendar as the big teams get challenged by lower-ranked opponents — spread over five days this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '
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