Best Images from Derrick Rose's Opening-Night Return vs. Heat
The world is sick of watching Derrick Rose sit on the bench. The Chicago Bulls are sick of watching Derrick Rose sit on the bench. Even Derrick Rose is sick of watching Derrick Rose sitting on the bench!
The Heat players received their championship rings before the game and then proceeded to put on a championship display in the first half, jumping out to a 54-33 halftime lead, thanks to some suffocating defense.
The Bulls briefly made a game of it near the end of the fourth, but Miami was clearly the better team on this night.
As for Rose, he finished with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting in 34 minutes. He and the Bulls know now that they need to put in some serious work before they can challenge Miami in the East.
Let's check out some of the best photos from Tuesday night's action.
Derrick Rose Warms Up as the Bulls Staff Watches on
Rose dominated the preseason, and the basketball world waited with bated breath for Rose to take the floor against the champs.
Rose Rises to the Basket
Clearly, there are no problems with his hops.
LeBron James Helps on Rose
The Heat D came out in full force, particularly in the first half, limiting Chicago to 33 points at the break.
Rose Checks LeBron James
Tom Thibodeau felt good enough about Rose to use him on James from time to time.
Chris "Birdman" Andersen Wins a Jump Ball
The smaller Heat held their own against the Bulls on the glass, with 40 rebounds to Chicago's 41.
Rose and Wade Meet at the Basket
The Heat won the "Battle of the Block," with seven blocks to Chicago's four, proving, once again, they can succeed even against bigger teams.
Norris Cole Drives to the Rim
Big Three who? Role players Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier combined for 38 points against the infamous Chicago defense.
The King with a Reverse Layup
LeBron had himself just another ho-hum LeBron game: 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists. He wasn't the headline player before the game, and he didn't make any waves during the game; he's simply the best player in the world.
Ray Allen Shoots a Three over Mike Dunleavy
Somebody needs to tell Mike Dunleavy to guard Ray Allen out there...the guy's been known to make a three from time to time.
Flight of the Bird
Miami playoff hero Chris "Birdman" Andersen jams it home as Taj Gibson looks on. Andersen finished 3-of-5 from the field—those two misses might have been more than he had in the entire 2013 postseason.
Norris Cole Drives on Derrick Rose
Cole set the arena—and Twitter—on fire wish a vicious crossover that sent Rose flying. Fortunately for the Bulls, the only thing injured on the play was Rose's pride.
Carlos Boozer with a Little "Excuse Me" Move on Udonis Haslem
Carlos Boozer with a little "excuse me" move on Udonis Haslem. Boozer was Chicago's best threat on offense, with 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting.
Dwyane Wade Goes for the Layup
Though Dwyane Wade struggled to find his offense against Chicago, his teammates more than picked up the slack. Wade's 13 points were tied with Mario Chalmers for fourth on the Heat. If Miami can keep up this balanced offensive attack, the rest of the league might not stand a chance.
LeBron Ices the Game with a Mid-Range Jumper
The Bulls closed to within single digits near the end of the game, forcing the Heat to bring back LeBron. "King James" promptly put Chicago away, demonstrating an improved mid-range game.
Heat and Bulls: Back and Better Than Ever
This game might not have been an instant classic, but it still feels pretty damn nice to see the last two men to win the NBA MVP back on the court together.
BASKETBALL IS BACK, BABY!
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