Heat 102, Bulls 95

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MIAMI (AP)—The Miami Heat bounced back in a big way.

Eddie Jones scored 27 points and Lamar Odom added 25 as the Heat, coming off their lowest-scoring game of the season, held off the Chicago Bulls 102-95 Wednesday night.

The Heat, who lost 87-65 to Indiana on Monday, topped the 100-point mark for the fifth time and won for the sixth time in nine games.

“A different night, a new night,” Odom said. “That’s the way it is in this league. You can go out one night and miss everything, and then hit everything the next night.”

Odom added 11 rebounds and four assists for the Heat, who also received a season-high 19 points from Caron Butler.

Bulls rookie Ronald Dupree was impressive in his NBA debut, scoring a team-high 18 points.

Dupree, who starred at LSU and was in the NBA’s developmental league, was signed earlier in the day to a 10-day contract and kept the Bulls close in the fourth quarter. He made seven of 11 shots and also led the Bulls in rebounding with nine in 26 minutes.

The Heat made a complete turnaround from their previous game, when they shot just 33 percent and scored only 24 points in the second half against the Pacers.

Against the Bulls, the Heat made 54 percent of their shots and got 71 points from their trio of Jones, Odom and Caron Butler.

The Heat led 76-70 entering the fourth quarter and kept at least a three-point lead the rest of the way.

Dupree’s free throws pulled the Bulls to 97-93, but Jones knocked down a pair of foul shots to provide a six-point lead with 23 seconds to go.

The Bulls, who have lost eight of their last 12, received a boost from Dupree, who played as if he belongs in the league on a permanent basis.

“It’s just a game, man,” said Dupree, who had been playing in Huntsville, Ala., in the NBDL. “I was able to get into a rhythm early and my teammates got me involved. I’ve been playing well of late, and I was able to transfer that to this game.”

For a team that has struggled much of the season, the Bulls were looking for an upshot, and Dupree gave it to them.

“He was excellent out there,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. “He played with a lot of energy. He’s got life in his body. When you watch him play, he’s in stark contrast to some other guys. I hope he can keep it going.”

Dupree’s performance didn’t go unnoticed by the Heat.

Miami coach Stan Van Gundy opened his post-game press conference by heaping praise upon the Bulls’ latest signee.

“He was tremendous,” Van Gundy said. “He obviously is an early candidate for Rookie of the Year. There’s a guy who wants to stay. His effort was the difference in them having the lead at the end of the half.”

Antonio Davis scored 17 points and Eddy Curry had 14 for Chicago.

The Heat begin a six-game road trip to the West Coast on Friday and were happy to leave on a high note.

“You take a win anyway you can get it,” Heat center Brian Grant said. “There are still some things we need to work on, but this is a different team than the team that went out on the road early in the season. We’re better thanwe were then.”

Notes

The Heat improved to 7-0 against the Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena. …The Heat are 2-0 this season against the Bulls, having won 90-83 in Chicago last week. … Bulls G Jamal Crawford didn’t score in double figures for onlythe fifth time in his last 22 games.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Chicago
R. Dupree R. Dupree
7-11,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Miami
L. Odom L. Odom
10-16,  25 Pts
11 Rebs, 4 Assists

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