Butler, Wade lead Bulls to 105-100 win over Heat
CHICAGO (AP) — Dwyane Wade wearing a Chicago Bulls uniform never will look right to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. On nights like this, it’s particularly painful.
Wade scored 28 points against his former team, Jimmy Butler led the way with 31 and the Bulls held off the struggling Heat 105-100 on Saturday.
Butler scored Chicago’s final 10 points to help the Bulls come out on top after Miami pulled within one.
Wade, the 12-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion with Miami, keyed a big third-quarter run in his second game against the Heat. He and the Bulls hung on after handing San Antonio its first road loss two nights earlier.
“I’ve seen it for so many years on our side,” Spoelstra said. “He showed his competitiveness and the variety of his menu. He was going into the post, he was playing pick-and-roll basketball — he puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your team defense. He’s got all the talent in the world, but what really makes Dwyane is his intellect for the game. He knows where the defense is going to be, and he knows the moves before you even make them.”
Goran Dragic led Miami with 21 points and 11 assists, and an energetic Hassan Whiteside added 20 points after being benched for part of Friday’s blowout loss in Cleveland. Tyler Johnson scored 15, but the Heat dropped their fifth straight.
Johnson cut it to 97-96 when…