Serenaded with chants of “MVP,” Derrick Rose poured in a game-high 34 points leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-96 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday, as LeBron James sat out a second straight game.
Sidelined with an ankle injury, James watched in street clothes from the end of the Miami bench as Kyle Korver nailed a key three-pointer with 25 seconds to play as the Heat slumped to a third consecutive defeat.
Chicago native Dwyane Wade stepped up in James’s absence hitting 33 points, including three consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter, but missed a jump-shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng each contributed 12 points to the victory as the Bulls improved their home record to 18-3 and widened their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division.
A capacity crowd of 23,072 packed the United Center to watch James make his first visit to Chicago in a Miami uniform, but unless they arrived early, they would have missed seeing the twice MVP on court.
James participated in the pre-game warm-up, but had still not recovered enough from the ankle injury he sustained on -Wednesday in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
There was more bad news for the Heat, who saw Chris Bosh crumble to the court in the third quarter. He was taken for X-rays, Spoelstra later describing the injury as a sprained ankle.
Chicago charged to a 28-19 first quarter and led by 13 midway through the second before the Heat caught fire, erasing the deficit and taking a 53-48 advantage into the intermission with the help of 21 points from Wade.
However, the Bulls were again quick out of the gate going on a 17-0 run to open the second half to retake the lead 65-53.
The Heat clawed their way back once again, Bosh leading the rally with 11 of his 17 points as Miami trimmed the Chicago advantage to 73-70 going into the final quarter.
In Saturday’s other action, it was:
‧ Grizzlies 89, Mavericks 70
‧ Hornets 88, Bobcats 81
‧ Rockets 112, Hawks 106
‧ Magic 108, Timberwolves 99
‧ Wizards 98, Raptors 95
‧ Pistons 110, Kings 106
‧ Nuggets 127, Cavaliers 99
‧ Trail Blazers 96, Nets 89
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017