NBA - Heat win ninth straight, tighten grip on East

Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:28pm IST

Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (R) is guarded by Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (C) during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young

Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (R) is guarded by Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (C) during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, adjusts her flower garlands as she campaigns for her mother during an election meeting at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Election 2014

More than 814 million people — a number larger than the population of Europe — are eligible to vote in the world’s biggest democratic exercise.  Full Coverage 

(Reuters) - The Miami Heat tightened their grip on the Eastern Conference by routing the Chicago Bulls 86-67 on Thursday.

With the NBA's trade deadline passing without any change among top contenders, LeBron James missed just four shots while compiling 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as Miami won their season-high ninth straight and stretched their conference lead to 5 1/2 games.

"We're putting together some good basketball right now," James told reporters. "If we don't turn the ball over, we get good shots at the rim, we have a good chance to win."

Miami (38-14) grabbed a 45-35 halftime lead and cruised against a Chicago team struggling to find offense without 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, who is hoping to return from a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines this season.

After his brother had criticized Chicago ahead of the game for not making moves before the trade deadline, Rose said in a statement he and the Bulls were on the same page.

"I have always felt that the Bulls organization's goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city," he said.

Chicago (31-23) look far off championship contenders after losing for the fifth time in seven games.

Nate Robinson had 14 points for the Bulls, who were without Kirk Hinrich due to a sore elbow and committed 26 turnovers.

The Heat got 17 points from Dwyane Wade and 12 from Bosh. (Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

MOYES'S EXIT

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Champions League

Champions League

Mourinho's cautious Chelsea frustrate Atletico.  Full Article 

New Job

New Job

Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain.  Full Article 

In Trouble

In Trouble

Chelsea trio charged by FA after Sunderland defeat.  Full Article 

Soccer World Cup

Soccer World Cup

World Cup rush leaves gaps in Brazil cell network.  Full Article 

Coach Sacked

Coach Sacked

Struggling Nuremberg sack coach Verbeek.  Full Article 

Ferrer Out

Ferrer Out

Ferrer suffers early defeat in Barcelona.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage