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Scott Brooks upbeat in spite of loss. "A lot of good things today." OKC was 3-2 on its trip, but isn't gaining ground on Phoenix.
Getting the feeling we're headed for a Cavaliers-Heat 3/6 first round series.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside's triple-double (14-13-12) included eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the fourth quarter.
LeBron hearing some MVP chants. Cleveland will be 24-12 with him after this game, 1-8 without him.
Westbrook overplay frees LeBron to find Love for corner 3. Cleveland up 100-88. LeBron has 32/6/4.
Cleveland has a forgiving schedule (DET w/o Jennings, POR w/ injured Aldridge, then Sac, Minn, Phil). Will pressure Bulls in division.
After not scoring in third quarter, LeBron has now has 8 minutes in first 2:19 of this quarter. Seems to be winning the Waiters matchup.
Cavaliers lead OKC, 83-78, entering 4th. Westbrook now w/ 19/7/8, but 6-of-20 from floor. Love w/ 15 & 12. Irving w/ 15 & 6 assists.
Good day for UM: Four-star WR Lawrence Cager says he's definitely part of this 2015 UM class. UM gets 4 oral commits for 2016.
Riley, last week on Whiteside: "We're very fortunate. Like finding lightning in a bottle." Earning $769,000 in 2014-15,$981,000 next season.
Mozgov & Perkins locking arms as they went for last rebound. More technicals coming soon, I'm guessing.
Heat won or tied in every quarter today. Has that happened once all year?
If the Heat beat the weaker teams and pull at least one upset, I could see them hitting .500 before the All-Star break.
Cavaliers lead Thunder, 57-49, at half. OKC at end of 4-game road trip & it's showing. Cleveland sharing ball, & LeBron (22 pts) aggressive.
Want to drive the rim against Whiteside? Wade: "Can’t nobody feel comfortable going down there with him.”
Wade was a little wistful today about what the last four years would've been like if the Heat had a guy like Hassan Whiteside.
The gist of the Wade-Whiteside exchange was that Whiteside was worried about picking up fouls. Wade told him to shut up & block things.
Asked to explain his rise, Hassan Whiteside says, "Hassan Whiteside came out of Gastonia, North Carolina. That’s it, man.”
Hassan Whiteside went at it with Gasol all day. How'd it feel to swat him at the end? “No comment.”
Hassan Whiteside: "My whole life has been, ‘Where he come from?’ This is the same thing.”
Hassan Whiteside on blocking shots (had 12 today): "That’s what I do. I’ve done it all my life.”
Timofey Mozgov runs every possession hard. Really good stamina, especially for a big guy. Ibaka is a challenge, though.
Wade got pissed at Whiteside for letting Aaron Brooks cruise in for a layup and yelled at him to start blocking everything. So he did.
David Blatt has come to same conclusion that Erik Spoelstra did, as far as LeBron: sometimes it's better for him to be the backup PG.
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.