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Three Stars of the night: All Chicago Bulls edition

Mar 28, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

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Ding Dong the Heat are dead… or at least their 27-game winning streak is. But because of it the Chicago Bulls are the toast of the NBA. So in their honor, here is an all-Chicago Three Stars of the Night.

Third Star: Kirk Hinrich (7 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds)

He isn’t here because of his stats, he’s here because he embodied the toughness and tenacity the Bulls brought to this game. He stood in front of a hard-charging LeBron James, wrapped him up and wasn’t afraid of the hard foul. He ripped the ball out of Chris Bosh’s hands in a key moment. He helped keep the Bulls organized and he made smart passes and plays. And most of all, he never backed down. Just like the Bulls.

Second Star: Carlos Boozer (21 points, 17 rebounds)

Carlos Boozer simply outplayed Chris Bosh all night long and it was one of the keys to the Bulls win. He was a key part of the Bulls ability to take a lead in the first half, but he was there late in the game, too, taking the brunt of a LeBron James charge that led to a foul. And making a key tip-in. It’s the kind of game people wish they got every night from Boozer.

First Star: Luol Deng (28 points, 7 rebounds)

With Joakim Noah and of course Derrick Rose out, the Bulls biggest question against the Heat was simply “where will the offense come from?” Luol Deng, to start. He had nine first quarter points to help the Bulls rush out to a lead. He was making plans and throwing alley-oops to Jimmy Butler for poster dunks, all the while dropping threes (he made four in the game). Then when it mattered most he had 12 points in the fourth quarter, hitting big shots down the stretch to secure the Bulls win.

  1. gd200799 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    J.R. Smith has been a beast as of late, he deserved that third spot. Or maybe Isaiah Thomas.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Are you serious? Bitter because the Heat lost, while JR has been on an unreal stretch (which culminated with a Durant-esque PER efficiency tonight), and not a mention of the team with the longest ACTIVE winning streak in the league?

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Knicks win streak is as long as PBT’s Heat–Lost-One -Game-Articles streak.

      Which do you think will last longer?

      • 27winstreak - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        hahahahahahaha got em.

  3. jhuck92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    For all your LeBron worship, Kurt, dedicating tonight’s 3 stars article to the Bulls was a good gesture

  4. eflem80 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Lol, poor Kurt…..J.R. Smith drops 35 in a blow over the Grizzlies but he’s so bitter about his Heat getting punked by the Bulls he gives props to everyone in a bulls uniform & ignores the rest of the league……what a joke. I, just happy i don’t have to hear about this absolutely worthless record anymore every time i watch espn.

  5. huey88 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    What about Reggie Evans career night in points/rebounds in the Nets demolishing of the Blazers? C’mon man seriously?

    • Distinguished Male - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Yeah, I’ll agree with this. Evans was insane last night.

  6. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Stars 1,2,&3 should’ve been given to the Heat’s mental and physical exhaustion from having the second longest W streak in the history of US professional sports. We can harp on about how incredibly good Kirk Hinrich & crew are at basketball or acknowledge what actually happened. Should probably be more of the latter.

    • bougin89 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Total. Fail.

  7. kjt929 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Switch Boozer and Deng

  8. osubrndn - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Dwight Howard became just the fourth player in the last 25 seasons to finish with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and five steals in a single game.

  9. fugubeach - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    How is Reggie Evans not in the top 3? I guess 22 points and 26 Boards aint good enough eh?

  10. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    LOVE it.

  11. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Knicks win streak is as long as PBT’s Heat–Lost-One -Game-Articles streak.

    Which do you think will last longer?

    Ahhhhh look who’s back! Saw you weren’t on the other posts, typical loudmouth.

    Looks like 1972 wasn’t that long ago, eh?

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