Despite NBA MVP Derrick Rose’s absence, the Miami Heat could not prove to be victorious Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls. Dwyane Wade made a season high 36 points and 7 rebounds and LeBron was right behind him with 35 points. But Chicago’s third point guard, John Lucas, is who really stole the show with a career high 24 points folks. Lucas’ points when combined with those made by the Bulls’ bench made a whopping 56. The Heat bench were only able to rack up 15 points, the numbers just don’t lie! Miami was also very apprehensive to capitalize in the paint. When the Heat ball made its way up to the top of the key, the score tended to fluctuate in their best interest. Bosh surprisingly had a very off night, he usually has a stellar performance against the Bulls. At the beginning of the contest Bosh received a charge and missed a few jumpers, and was never really able to help spark the Heat. Sloppy defense was also at fault, John lucas was left open to make a majority of his text book jumpshots. A Miami win seemed to be out the question until the final moments of the matchup when James Jones nailed two climatic 3 pointers; putting the Heat within 4. 106-102 was the final, LeBron James had the final posession but it simply didn’t make it in, and the Heat remain number 2 in the Eastern conference. Optimistically speaking, I sure hope that Miami proves to be just as resilient as the Bulls were in Derrick Rose’s void when they end their 3 game road trip Friday night in Philadelphia.