With two dunks to kick off the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, the Miami Heat looked poised to dominate the Derrick Rose-led Bulls on Sunday.
Needless to say, things didn't go as planned.
As SI.com's Ian Thomsen explains, in a 103-82 rout of Miami, the Bulls flexed their defensive muscles early and capitalized on less-than-stellar performances from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to win Game 1.
"This was an embarrassing performance for a pair of stars who pride themselves on team play," Thomsen writes. "The Heat's minus-5 assist-to-turnover difference (11 to 16) was written in fire-engine red ink. James and Wade shared equal blame in a combined eight turnovers, one fewer than Chicago as a team. The Bulls have now won all four games this season against Miami, and this was their most important and emphatic victory. It was a triumph of team play against two individuals."
Though the Heat and Bulls were tied going into the half, Chicago dominated the remainder of the game, casting aside early shooting struggles in favor of more ball movement and better results. While Game 1 highlighted Miami shortcomings - and showcased some of the Bulls' greatest strengths - to think that the Heat will take their loss lying down would be a mistake. Stay tuned for Game 2 Wednesday night.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red SoxÂ (7:10 p.m. ET) - The Red Sox will look to win their fourth straight game.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 - Number of victories Novak Djokovic needs to tie John McEnroe's record 42 consecutive wins. Djokovic won the Italian Open on Sunday.
1.5 - Seconds by which Michael Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in Sunday's 200-meter backstroke at the Charlotte UltraSwim.
13 - Number of errors the slumping Yankees have made in the last 10 games. Their most recent loss came Sunday, when the Red Sox beat them 7-5 in New York.