By the numbers by Lindsey Willhite
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The Bulls' Luol Deng launches a 60-foot basket to end the first quarter Wednesday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
The number of Bulls offensive rebounds (and second-chance points) in the game's first 5 minutes, 24 seconds. That maintained the trend set in Game 1 when the Bulls turned 19 offensive rebounds into 31 second-chance points.
The number of Bulls offensive rebounds in the first half's final 18 minutes, 36 seconds. The Bulls went 13 minutes without an offensive board before Joakim Noah tipped in Carlos Boozer's missed layup with 3:32 left in half. They finished with 10 second-chance points in the first half.
6 vs. 11
Heat coach Eric Spoelstra played just six people more than 70 seconds in the first quarter of Game 1, but he played 11 guys at least 70 seconds in the first quarter of Game 2 as he reacted more rapidly to the Bulls' moves and strategies.
Estimated distance (in feet) of Luol Deng's swished runner at the first-quarter buzzer. Deng released the ball with his foot on the first "S" of the Eastern Conference Finals logo on the far side of the half-court line. His 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 26-19 lead.
Fouls called by NBA officials Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford and Jason Phillips in the first half of Game 2. That equaled the number called by Dan Crawford, Michael Smith and Ken Mauer in ALL of Game 1.
Heat coach Eric Spoelstra insisted that all five guys on the floor needed to be "live options" against the Bulls defense in Game 2, so the James-Wade-Bosh trio didn't take quite as many shots (45 of the team's 68) on Wednesday night. They attempted 50 of the Heat's 68 shots (73.5 percent) in Game 1.
The Heat's record this season when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each score at least 20 points. James led everyone with 29 points Wednesday night while Wade was next with 24 points. That .769 winning percentage is greater than the 23-11 record (.676) when both play, but at least one of them fails to get 20 points.
Derrick Rose's plus-minus rating during his 41-plus minutes of the Bulls' 85-75 Game 2 loss to Miami. Joakim Noah (minus-13) was the only other Bull in negative double figures.
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