CHICAGO -- The United Center has been the scene for some of the worst nights of Chris Bosh’s career in a Miami uniform. On Feb. 24, 2011, Bosh went 1 of 18. On March 14, 2012, there was a 3-15 disaster. That certainly has not been the Chris Bosh of the last two games.
LeBron James may have paced the Heat with 27 but for a second consecutive matchup, Bosh dominated an overmatched Chicago team concluding the evening with a 7 for 10 shooting performance, including knocking down seven of his first eight attempts from the field.
“I knew I was going to have some open looks,” Bosh said. “My teammates were hitting me right in the numbers where I didn’t have to move much. Sometimes all it takes is one. You see that first one go in, that is a pretty good feeling as a shooter and shooter.”
Bosh’s 14 points in just over 35 minutes of action was merely an appetizer to a performance that included six rebounds, four blocked shots and one assist as the Heat cruised to an 88-65 victory to take a 3-1 lead in the series that they appear to be ready to close out Wednesday night.
On defense, Bosh played a role in limiting Chicago center Joakim Noah to a 1-for-6 night as the dominated Chicago 36-20 in points in the paint and the Bulls shot a mere 25.7 percent from the field overall on their way to their fewest points ever scored in a playoff game.
“We just worked as hard as we could on defense,” Bosh said. “We talked about the Game 3 performance and we didn’t think we did a very good job so we wanted to come in and have more energy today and concentrate on our coverages a lot better.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra noted Bosh is giving the Heat everything they need.
“Chris is allowing us to run some triggers through the offense through him,” he said. “He’s very poised, but more importantly he has been aggressive in giving us that presence at the rim in a variety of different areas.”
It was a strong encore for Bosh following his strong Game 3 when he scored 20 points and had a postseason career high of 19 rebounds to lead the Heat to the 104-94 victory.
Bosh let the Bulls know he was going to pick up right where he left off in right from the start going five for six in the first quarter as he and his teammates raced out to an 11-2 advantage and were never seriously challenged for the rest of the evening.
“He’s a heck of a player,” noted Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. “You have a very unselfish team and you have guys who can penetrate and kick out and he is knocking some shots down right now.”
Now the end seems near for the Eastern Conference semifinals and Bosh senses that.
“It’s a series and we are looking forward to having a chance to close these guys out on Wednesday and that is all I am on concentrating on,” he said.
In addition to the two rough nights in previous seasons referred to above, Bosh has sprinkled in some average games in Chicago, but never come close to dominating the way he has the past two games, but he adds he does not the totals affect him one way or the other.
“I never really get caught up in my numbers because it helps me do my job a little better,” he said.
He is doing that job very, very well right now.