Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 6:49 AM on Friday 18 April

/ Front page / Sport

Chicago Bulls upset reigning champions

Afp
Thursday, May 09, 2013

MIAMI - Nate Robinson led the injury-hit Chicago Bulls to a stunning 93-86 upset win over reigning champions Miami Heat in the opening game of their NBA playoffs second round series.

Robinson, who was bloodied in the first half after a collision with Heat superstar LeBron James, carried the visiting Bulls down the stretch on Monday night, scoring the go-ahead jump shot with 1:18 left and adding the final seven points.

Robinson finished with 27 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak during the regular season and have now handed them their first loss in their last 13 games.

Robinson played with 10 stitches in his mouth after hitting his face on floor. He left the game to get medical attention but returned later.

"It was just a hustle play that went wrong," Robinson said. "You have to play through it."

James had 22 of his 24 points in the second half for Miami, which lost its third game in its last 44 going back to February 3. Miami will also host game two on Wednesday in the best of seven series.

The Heat, who had been idle for the past week, looked rusty down the stretch and the Bulls scored the last 10 points.

The Heat's superstar trio of James, Wade and Chris Bosh combined for just 12 points in the opening half, their lowest first-half total of the season. The Bulls bottled up James late in the fourth as they appear to have developed a formula this season for beating the mighty Heat.

In the West conference San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 129-127 in game one.