SI.com: Embarrassing performance for James, Wade
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, by themselves, had almost as many turnovers as the Bulls in the Heat's loss Sunday.
May 16th, 2011
04:50 PM ET

SI.com: Embarrassing performance for James, Wade

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.

Up tonight:

Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (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.

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  1. Cricket

    Don't watch your own show, Chris?

    May 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Hansen

      What show? My real name is Chris Hansen and I track child predators, by dressing like underage girls and handing out h jays before calling the cops. We've been tracking some men on this blog for a long time. I'm looking at you Cesar and Joey. Anyone want an H jay?

      May 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stewie

    @chris hansen, brain damage coupled with too much free time.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Nothing brain damaged about stewie from Family Guy....

      May 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stewie

    Trolling seems to be a big thing here. For instance, stewie at 8:24pm isn't me it's a troll.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cricket

    So you should know the lemonade reference.

    I made some cookies, too....

    May 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Hansen

      I only eat one woman's cookies. Unless she brings a friend. But you are not her.

      May 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cricket

    Stewie rocks!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stewie

    Stewie is kind of like a present day Brain and Brian is like pinky. The funny thing to me about both is that Brain and pinky were always one step ahead of stewie and the brain.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    i like turtles

    May 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shane

    lmao i can't believe someone posted " i like turtles"

    May 17, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
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