James shrugged off the next hit, a hard foul by Chicago's Omer Asik about a half-minute later, converting a three-point play in the process.
"It was a physical, competitive game against two teams that defend," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That tends to lead to a little bit more passion. And nobody was really backing down."
NOTES: The Bulls were 2 for 16 from 3-point range, meaning Miami's last two opponents have gone a combined 3 for 32 from beyond the arc. ... James made his first five shots, making him 23 for 27 over a span of parts of three games, starting late in the third quarter of Monday's game at New Jersey (6-7) followed by Wednesday's win over Toronto (12-15). ... Neither team led by more than three points in the final 10:54 of the first half. ... Jones' ejection was the first of his nine-year career, according to STATS LLC.
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