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Heat 107, Bulls 95: Shane Battier's big night plus other stuff

Postgame stuff from the Heat ...

—Bench outscored Bulls reserves 42-26.

—Greg Oden and Roger Mason Jr. were inactive.

—Halftime lead of 21 points (54-33) was the largest against the Bulls in Miami in franchise history.

—Led by nine points from Shane Battier, the Heat outscored the Bulls, 37-18, in the second quarter, the highest scoring margin in a quarter against the Bulls since February 17, 2001.

—Miami outscored the Bulls 44-18 over the final 14:47 of the first half.

—Seven players in double-figures, led by LeBron James’ 17 points. Heat played one game last season in which leading scorer scored fewer than 20 points (April 15 at Cleveland).


—His eight assists give him 1,500 assists with the franchise (218 games). He is the fourth player in franchise history to reach    1,500 assists, joining franchise leader Dwyane Wade (4,052 assists), Tim Hardaway (2,867) and Bimbo Coles (1,961).

—It is his 496th consecutive game in which he has scored in double-figures, the longest active streak in the NBA and it extends his franchise record to 218 straight games. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has the second longest active streak (324 games).


—Blocked a Derrick Rose shot in the fourth quarter, the 668th blocked shot of his career (666 career games). He is just seven blocked shots shy of tying Dennis Johnson (675 blocked shots) for the most blocked shots in NBA history by a player 6-4 or shorter.

—569th career game together for Wade and Udonis Haslem, the most by any pair of teammates in franchise history.


—Looked pretty good for an 18-year veteran.

—Set his Heat-high with seven assists, (six coming in first half) when his total matched the Bulls total.

—Three three-pointers extended NBA record to 2,860 career three-pointers.


—Was 4 of 4 from three-point range.

—Scored off the dribble.

—Scored a opening night-high 14 points, eclipsing his previous high of 11 points, done twice with the Houston Rockets in 2006 and 2007.


—Set an opening game record with five steals, (all in the first half).        He shared the record (four, December 25, 2011 at Dallas) with Marcus Banks (four, October 29, 2008 at New York).

—Made one three-point field goal and has 497 made threes in his career. He will become the fourth player in franchise history to reach 500 made threes, joining franchise leader Tim Hardaway (806 made), Eddie Jones (712 made) and Glen Rice (708).


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Go heat!

What I got out of Game 1:

Rio pick-pocket of DRose on first possession of the game, resulting in transition bucket #1 for the Heat.

Norris Cole with a sick cross over on DRose in front of the Heat bench.

Birdman Birdman makes his presence felt. Take your time getting healthy Greg Oden, we've got it covered until you are ready for action.

Camera getting a shot of Oden on the bench in shtreet clothes, and beside him, sleepy-eyed supercoolbeas lion staring up into space....why Pat why?

I hate when Kerr and Albert do Heat games, ESPECIALLY Bulls v Heat games. Kerr definitely doesn't like the Heat and, even for being a Knick announcer for years, it seems like Marvelous Marv is still stuck in the 1990's where he has to promote the Bulls.

Of all the teams in the league, the last (I think it was) 3 years, the Heat have the largest margin of rebound dominance over the Bulls. What, we don't have the size for that, right? Well, we are back to rebounding is a position thing, not a size thing.

Battier making shots off the dribble, WTF?

Chalmers can get by DRose and just about anybody's perimeter defense.

Quite happy with Cole as a back up PG, we don't need Andre Miller, Jamal Tinsley, or Billups -- content with the talent at that spot.

The Heat v Nets is NOT a rivalry, not yet. Heat v Pacers, Heat v Bulls, Heat v Celtics - yep, but not the Nets.

Sure is a nice piece of bling for winning the last game of the post-season, congrats all in the Heat organization!!!!

Liked the new unis, but still my favorite is the all black look.

We are on pace to win 82 games this year.

Media does NOT stress how successful this franchise was after picking up's incredible!!

Yep Yep

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