Mar 28, 2013, 12:01 AM EST
There were still a couple of minutes left in the game when this happened — there would be yet another push from the Heat — but this was the moment that it hit me this was really going to happen and the Heat had no miracle comeback this time:
LeBron James missed a little step-back three, but Chris Bosh was there for the rebound, tipped it to himself, then as he brought it down to go back up Kirk Hinrich raced in, grabbed the ball and just ripped it out of his hands. At the other end Hinrich ate time off the clock, drove the lane, kicked out to Taj Gibson for the 15-foot baseline jumper and it fell. The Bulls were up 9 with 2:18 left and you could tell they were not going to let this one go.
As a guy who prefers the analytic, the statistical, I tend to shudder at the “they just wanted it more” line of analysis. But Hinrich just wanted it more. The Bulls just wanted it more.
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Monday: Goran Dragic got his revenge in concentrated form 0
- League suspends James Harden one game for kick to LeBron James’ groin 19
- PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings: Hawks seem to be out of malaise. Maybe. 8
- Report: Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with elbow injury 5
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Sunday: James Harden, LeBron James want your MVP vote 11
- Report: Sixers agree to buyout with JaVale McGee; he can sign with contender 36
- Bulls’ Jimmy Butler leaves with elbow injury, does not return (VIDEO) 0
- Adam Silver says data may prove Gregg Popovich right in terms of resting multiple players 18