Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/8/13
The Heat were pissed off. The Bulls weren't backing down. The result was a lot of Game 2 chippiness in Miami on Wednesday night in its 115-78 win. Hard fouls. Several altercations. Nine technicals, a flagrant and two ejections. And, in the end, a Heat rout that evened this Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece . The bad blood was predictable, really, given the history between the teams. The Bulls, along with the Celtics, have been a thorn in Miami's side ever since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Joakim Noah doesn't like LeBron . No one really likes Joakim Noah. The Bulls ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak in the regular season, then shocked them in Game 1 of this series Monday. That apparently got Miami's attention. LeBron wasn't messing around early in Game 2. He made his first six shots and also was part of a confrontation with Noah that resulted in technicals on both players. Dwyane Wade, Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague also earned technicals in the first half. In the second half, Noah got himself tossed while yelling at the refs from the bench. Teammate Taj Gibson followed suit with a pair of techs and a profanity-laced tirade while leaving the court. Oh yeah, there was some basketball, too. Really good basketball by the Heat, who had six players in double figures, led by Ray Allen with 21. LeBron finished with 19 points and nine assists. It was the most lopsided playoff defeat for the Bulls in their history. But at least they didn't go down without a fight.
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