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Heat Vs. Bulls Score Update: Miami Leads By 5 At Halftime In Chicago

Plenty of questions have come the Heat's way in recent weeks, and a signature win in Chicago against the other top team in the Eastern Conference would be a big boost as the playoffs approach. Miami has looked good so far, going on a 12-0 run to take a five-point lead at halftime of a relatively even-matched contest. Derrick Rose, who's dealt with injuries all season, was a game-time decision and did get the nod to start. He has not scored, however, going 0 for 5 from the floor and dishing five assists in 15 minutes.

LeBron James led all scorers with 14 points in the first half, hitting five of ten from the field and setting the pace during Miami's run. Dwyane Wade added only six points but Chris Bosh was solid and had 10 points in support of James. While Rose has struggled, Carlos Boozer has picked up the slack on the interior and scored 13 points for Chicago. Miami will look to shore up the interior defense in the second half, to extend their halftime-lead and get a much-needed statement road win.

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