Bulls sink Heat in overtime
C.J. Watson forced overtime with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and finished with 16 points and eight assists as the host Chicago Bulls beat Miami 96-86 to open up a four-game lead on the Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carlos Boozer collected 19 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Korver hit five 3-pointers en route to 17 points for the Bulls, who got 47 points from their reserves.
Derrick Rose returned to the lineup but went scoreless in the first half and finished with a career-low two points on 1-of-13 shooting. He was off the floor for the final minutes of regulation and overtime.
LeBron James, who had given the Heat the lead with a 3-pointer seconds earlier, had a chance to ice the game at the free-throw line with 11.2 seconds left but split the pair, leaving Miami with an 84-81 edge.
The Heat double-teamed Korver on the ensuing play but he managed to get a pass out to Carlos Boozer, who found Watson on the left wing. Watson ball faked and rimmed in a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
The Bulls hit five of their first six shots in the extra period to jump out big.
James scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade had 21 for Miami, which led by as much as 10 points late in the third quarter before the Bulls chipped away.