Dwyane Wade scored eight points in 48 minutes; fortunately, there was another five minute to play. Wade scored six points and had two huge blocks in the final 2:08 of overtime to put the Heat one win away from the NBA Finals.
Here is how Miami rallied to beat Chicago:
-Hustle Points: Despite a few careless possessions towards the end of regulation, Miami never eased on the defensive side of the ball. The Heat finished with 12 steals and 10 blocks; forcing Chicago into 22 turnovers. Wade’s four blocks and defensive pressure held Luol Deng in check at the end of the fourth quarter and into overtime. And while Derrick Rose finished with 23 points, he shot less than 30 percent from the field, airballed the potential game-winner and committed seven turnovers. When Chicago cut the lead to one on a Ronnie Brewer triple in overtime, the Heat kicked it up a notch defensively and never looked back – even with several fouls called against them.
-Bench Production: Miami’s bench outscored Chicago 23-18, as Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers combined for 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Chalmers ignited Miami’s transition game with a couple key deflections and Miller had the knack of making the big bucket that kept Chicago from building more than a one-point cushion. Although Udonis Haslem looked rusty in terms of ball control and timing, he helped secure a huge possession in the last minute of overtime and finished with nine rebounds as well. The Heat’s three bench players also combined for a plus-71 effiency rating.
-Late Game Closure: Minus a charge called on LeBron James with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Heat did not wilt under pressure. Miami held Chicago to eight points in overtime and bottled up Rose as Chicago’s primary scoring option. Even when it seemed like he had open space, another defender would rotate to help. The Heat also moved the ball and did not settle for contested perimeter jumpers like early in the first half, when Chicago led by as much as 11. Miami took high percentage shots and ultimately closed out the Bulls with strong defense.
Biggest question heading into game five- How will this overtime game affect the starters in game five?
Rose played 29 straight minutes during one stretch and James played almost 50 minutes total. While no player wants to admit to a minor injury or fatigue, the start of game five could have a carryover effect for each team. Wade botched a point-blank dunk early in the first quarter and never really got going offensively. A play like that could set the tone for the rest of a game five — for one player or the team.