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Tom Thibodeau on Hassan Whiteside: "Played a great game. He's been doing that."
OKC leads Cleveland, 26-20, after first quarter. Durant on Irving early, Waiters w/ 5. LeBron & Durant w/ 7 apiece.
Kevin Love a little gimpy going back to the bench. He has 9 rebounds.
Cleveland has been playing more up-tempo lately, was concerned about how OKC would push back on that. Thunder 22-15 so far.
Dion Waiters enters the game in Cleveland, to mostly boos, a few cheers.
Final Whiteside nugget: Per ESPN, he's first player with at least 12 pts, 12 rbs., 12 blocks in a game since Shawn Bradley in 1997-98.
Whiteside's first 2 NBA seasons with Kings: 15 blocks in 111 total minutes. Today: NBA-season high 12 blocks in 25 minutes.
Hassan Whiteside: "I'm just trying to win every night. I'm really just trying to get my NBA 2K rating up."
At the very end, Whiteside blocks Gasol's shot to finish with 12 blocks, a Heat franchise record and NBA season high for any player.
Overlooked (as usual) will be Luol Deng going 39 minutes and erasing Jimmy Butler. Deng also had 15p, 10r, 4a.
Twelve blocks for Hassan Whiteside is a Miami Heat franchise record.
Impressive 96-84 Heat win in Chicago. Wade 26, Bosh 20. Whiteside: 14,13, team-record 12 blocks in 25 minutes. Deng, Chalmers 15 a piece.
Hassan Whiteside closes out the game by crushing a Pau Gasol shot inside.
Hassan Whiteside with his 12th block in final seconds of the game.
FINAL: Heat 96, Bulls 84. Hassan Whiteside: 14p, 13r, 12b in 24min. Wade scores 12 of his 26p in Q4. Bosh: 20p, 7r. Chalmers: 15p, 5a.
FINAL: Heat 96, Bulls 84. Hassan Whiteside with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks. Dwyane Wade with 26 points and Chris Bosh with 20.
Whiteside only NBA player averaging more than 5.5 blocks per 48 minutes (6.2 per 48 before today).Zo challenged him to average double-double
Norris Cole has played 20+ minutes three times this month.
Hassan Whiteside now with another block. That's 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Hassan Whiteside's triple-double started with foul trouble. He played just 7:08 in the first half yet had five blocks.
And let's not forget, it took away two critical Bulls points.
Heat point guards today: Chalmers: 15p on 5/10, 5a, 3 TOs. Napier: 0p on 0/5, 2a, 0 TO. Cole: DNP-CD
13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks for Whiteside in 23 minutes for his first career triple-double.
Entire Heat bench standing in excitement for Hassan Whiteside's triple-double. Timeout Bulls. High-fives all around.
It is amazing how many league people you talk to now, who really liked Whiteside's talent
Hassan Whiteside and Pau Gasol want to punch each other. We'll see if they can get through the last 41 seconds without doing so.
Can Hassan pull a Ricky Davis and block his own shot?
Triple double for Whiteside: 13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocks in 23 minutes.
It's official: Congratulations to Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat: 13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocks today against the Chicago Bulls.
Refs overturn their goaltend call on Hassan Whiteside. He gets the block and has the triple double at 13p, 12r, 10b.
That sure looked like Whiteside's 10th shot block and a rare triple-double to go with it.
This is one of the most important reviews in Heat history....
If the refs rule this a block, Hassan Whiteside will be at 13p, 12r, 10b in 23 min. Under review.
Goal-tending on Hassan Whiteside or that would have been 10 blocks. Officials are reviewing. This is intense.
Hassan Whiteside goes up for looked like a clean block on Pau Gasol. Ruled a goaltend. Replays looks like it'll count as a block.
Whiteside on defense and Wade on offense could have just ended Chicago's hopes of coming back in this game.
Another jumper for Wade. He's got 12p on 6/8 FGs in Q4. Heat up 93-84 over Chicago with 1:14 left.
Hassan Whiteside triple-double alert: 13 points, 12 rebounds nine blocks. Heat 93, Bulls 84 1:14.
Hassan Whiteside just squashed a layup for his 9th block. One more and he's got a triple double.
Jimmy Butler averages 20.5ppg. He's got 5p on 2/8 FGs while working mostly against Deng.
Dwyane Wade with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Heat 91, Bulls 82 2:37 4Q.
Wade with another mid-range jumper. This time over Rose. He's got 10p in Q4.
Heat are 1/13 on threes today, but have hit 35/65 (54%) on twos.
Hassan Whiteside triple-double alert: 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight block. Heat 89, Bulls 80 3:36 4Q.
Fewest minutes for PTS-REB-BLK triple-double: 30 (Marcus Camby). Hassan Whiteside at 13-10-8 in 20 minutes.
Hassan Whiteside catches a Wade miss and dunks it on people. He's got 13p, 10r, 8b.
Hassan Whiteside nearly killed Pau Gasol by dunking on him. HW now at 11p, 8r, 8b in 19 min.
Hassan Whiteside now with 9-9-8. Heat 85, Bulls 76 5:38 4Q. Bulls writer just turned around to me and said, "What the hell is going on?"
Hassan Whiteside will chip a tooth on the rim sometime before the end of the season.
Hassan Whiteside triple-double alert: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 8 blocks. Heat 85, Bulls 76 6:01 4Q.
Luol Deng played 32 foul-free minutes today before picking one up on that last play.
Four straight jumpers for Wade. Heat 83, Bulls 72 7:45 4Q.
Wade hits another contested mid-range. He's cooking. 8p in Q4 to keep the Heat ahead.
Wade with 6p early in Q4 to keep Miami going. Heat up 81-72 on Chicago, 8:23 left.
Same Heat team that labored vs IND is up 74-62 going into Q4 at Chicago. Hassan Whiteside with 6p, 6r & 7b. Just 12 min so far.
This is an odd stat. Pau Gasol with 15 rebounds, but the Heat out-rebounding the Bulls overall 40-34. Bulls shooting 34.8 percent.
Heat 74, Bulls 62 after the third quarter. Hassan Whiteside with six points, six rebounds and seven blocks. Chris Bosh with 18 points
Erik Spoelstra riding Luol Deng Thibs-style. Hes played 31 of the first 36 min today.
Hassan Whiteside in 10 min: 6p, 6r, 7b.
Luol Deng misses a layup but Hassan Whiteside crushes the putback dunk. Heat up 66-55 on Chicago.
JR Smith on whether he wants to start: "As long as we get that gold ball, I can sit out for all I care."
JR Smith says Klay Thompson should have walked out of the gym after the third quarter with his finger in the air.
Whiteside now has a career-high six blocks
Tales from the Whiteside.
Dwyane Wade should really thank Sam Cassell for teaching him that pump-fake.
Heat leading Bulls by 12 points with 5:00 left in 3Q despite shooting 1 of 8 from three-point range.
Heat look to expand their 12-point lead with Napier, Wade, Deng, Bosh & Whiteside on the floor.
Erik Spoelstra got 7 good minutes from Whiteside early, hasn't played him since. Looks like he might be coming back in now.
Heat cruising 60-48 over Chicago, 5:38 left in Q3. Miami holding the Bulls to 33% FGs and winning the rebound battled 35-30.
Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler 2 of 11 from the field combined. Derrick Rose 5 of 13. Heat 60, Bulls 48 5:38 3Q with Whiteside coming in.
Still no Norris Cole today
Whiteside began getting real minutes 12/19. Most blks since: Gobert 50, A.Davis 45, Len 44, P.Gasol 42, D.Jordan 40, Dieng 39, Whiteside 33.
Last call here at United Center. Heat 58, Bulls 48 6:38.
Hassan Whiteside has more blocks than Amar'e Stoudemire in half as many games.
How is David Blatt a better coach than he was early in the season? "I've got all my players."
Scott Brooks says that when he was playing, East was typically stronger conference.... "And not because I was playing in the East."
Scott Brooks on whether, as a competitor, he likes going against LeBron: "No, I wanted him to miss tonight's game."
In Cleveland for one more day, before heading home to cover the Miami Whitesides.
First half ends with United Center booing the Bulls. Heat 48, Bulls 38. Bulls shooting 31.1 percent. Bosh and Wade with 10 pts. Chalmers 11.
Heat up 10 at half. Will they close? Or will we see another second-half slumber?
Stunning first half in Chicago: Heat lead Bulls 48-38. Chalmers 11p, Wade & Bosh 10p each. Whiteside with 4p, 4r, 5b.
Bulls fan heckling Heat players on the bench. "I have as many minutes as Haslem."
Two consecutive shot-clock violations for the Bulls, this one out of a timeout. Ouch.
Definitely one of the better defensive halves for the Heat this season. Bulls shooting just 34 percent.
Heat have hit 29.5% of their threes since Dec. 30, 5th-worst in NBA during that span. They're 1/6 today.
Bosh with 10 points and playing great defense, too. Heat limiting Bulls to 34.1 percent shooting. Heat 46, Bulls 36 2:50 2Q.
The Kevin Hart jumper pulls the Bulls to within four.
Heat 36, Bulls 29, 6:35 left in Q2. Hassan Whiteside: 4p, 4r, 5b. Mario Chalmers: 11p on 4/6. Miami holding CHI to 36% FGs.
Mirotic reminds me of one of the villains from Superman II
Whiteside tied his career high with 5 blocks in first 7 minutes of action vs Bulls.
The Wade pump-fake strikes again
Hassan Whiteside out with two fouls after seven minutes. Impressive stat line, though: four points, four rebounds AND FIVE BLOCKS.
Hassan Whiteside blocked five shots in his first 7min on the floor today.
Hassan Whiteside with his first "dunk on people." People in that case was Aaron Brooks.
Fifth block for Whiteside.