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Derrick Rose blooms against the Heat

by Derrick Johnson on March 7, 2011

The Miami Heat lost their fourth game in a row in an 87-86 win by the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, in which Derrick Rose scored 27 points and Luol Deng made 18 including two free throws with less than 16 seconds left in the game, according to the Associated Press.

The Chicago Bulls, now the second seed in the Eastern Conference, may well have a shot at the East's best record, which is certainly what Deng – who has started every game for the Bulls – is looking for, according to Hoopsworld.

"We're going one game at a time. Our goal is just to get to the playoffs and get that first round of home court advantage. We do want to have the best record in the East," said Deng, according to the news source.

Meanwhile, the Heat continue to struggle with lost opportunities late in the game.

LeBron James was unable to bring home a drive in the last six seconds and Dwayne Wade's last-second shot came up empty.

“I told my team, ‘I’m not going to continue to fail late in games,'" said James.

There were tears in the locker room, according to the Miami Herald.

“When you put your heart and your soul, your blood, your sweat and your tears into something, and you want something so bad and it just slips from you… just to come up short again and again, it hurts,” Heat's Chris Bosh told the news outlet.

James, Bosh and Wade were traded to Miami in 2010. James announced his choice as a free agent in a press conference known as The Decision. With Bosh, Wade and James as crowning superstars in Miami, this record of loss is a sore disappointment for The Heat. 

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