Heat Get Rings, Then Hold Off Bulls 107-95
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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 17 points, Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point tries, and the Miami Heat took control with 17 straight second-quarter points on the way to spoiling Derrick Rose’s return and beating the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Battier finished with 14 and Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each scored 13 for Miami, which got its 2013 NBA championship rings in a pregame ceremony. The Heat trailed 9-2 early, then outscored Chicago 52-24 over the remainder of the first half and finished with seven players in double figures.
Rose finished with 12 points in 34 minutes in his first game since April 2012. Carlos Boozer carried the Bulls, scoring 31 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for the Bulls.
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