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Happy birthday: Heat top Bulls 97-91 to end 3-game slide

MIAMI (AP) Erik Spoelstra seems to get the same birthday present from his team every year.

He is not complaining.

Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Tyler Johnson added 19 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Wednesday to snap a three-game slide. It also marked the fourth consecutive year that the Heat played and won on their coach's birthday - Spoelstra is now 47, celebrating that on the same day he and his wife publicly announced they are expecting their first child.

''It was good to finally get a result ... get a little bit closer to our identity,'' Spoelstra said. ''I liked all the emotions we had to go through. These guys want to win so badly.''

There clearly were emotions: Miami was up 15 early, trailed by six midway through the third, then used a 32-12 run down the stretch to finally put the game away. Hassan Whiteside returned from a five-game absence with a bruised knee and scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Heat, who went 3-3 on their six-game homestand.

''It was a roller-coaster game,'' Dragic said. ''We're happy how we bounced back.''

Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points and Robin Lopez added 22 for the Bulls, who were 7 for 28 from 3-point range and got five of those makes in the final 2 minutes. Chicago fell to 1-5, matching its worst start since 2007-08.

Markkanen also grabbed eight rebounds.

''We had a couple good days of practice, competed a lot,'' Markkanen said. ''It definitely showed today, but just wasn't good enough to win.''

Dion Waiters also scored 13 for the Heat, who were without starting forward James Johnson - a late scratch with right knee tendinitis.

Miami was rolling early, up 20-6 after 8 minutes and 35-20 midway through the second quarter. The Bulls started 1 for 10 from the floor, and Whiteside had eight rebounds in the game's first 4:50.

A 24-10 run by Chicago tied the game late in the half, seven of those field goals by the Bulls coming in close proximity to the rim. Chicago led by as many as six in the third and probably should have been up more, but missed five shots at the rim late in the quarter.

''Certainly something we can build on,'' said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who raved about his team's effort after the slow start.

The Heat reclaimed the lead with a 10-1 run to end the third, then kept it the rest of the way. And now Miami's six-game homestand is followed by a six-game trip that starts Friday.

''We're happy with the win, especially before this long road trip,'' Dragic said. ''It's getting there.''

TIP INS

Bulls: Chicago tinkered with its lineup, starting David Nwaba instead of Paul Zipser. Hoiberg is exploring combinations ahead of the looming return of Bobby Portis (suspension). ... The Bulls' 14-point deficit was their largest in a first quarter this season. ... Justin Holiday started 1 for 13.

Heat: Whiteside made his 200th Heat appearance. ... The Heat play at home three times the rest of November, and have 17 of their next 24 on the road. ... Justise Winslow made his first shot, giving him seven straight makes over three games.

NEW ERA

Wednesday marked the first time since March 26, 2003, that the Heat and Bulls played and Dwyane Wade wasn't on either roster. Miami and Chicago played 71 times between 2003-04 and last season; Wade played for Miami in 64 games, sat out four and played for Chicago in three last season.

SPO STATS

Among the 30 current NBA coaches, only San Antonio's Gregg Popovich has held his job longer than Spoelstra. But there are only nine coaches younger than the Spoelstra: Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue, Brad Stevens, Dave Joerger, former Heat assistant David Fizdale, Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd, Michael Malone and Hoiberg.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Orlando on Friday.

Heat: Visit Denver on Friday.

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Key Players
J. Holiday
7 G
G. Dragic
7 G
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
31.2 Field Goal % 49.1
32.2 Three Point % 49.0
70.6 Free Throw % 78.3
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on Justin Holiday 0:07
+ 3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 1 Goran Dragic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 Goran Dragic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Jerian Grant 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Goran Dragic 0:14
  Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
+ 1 Justise Winslow made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
Team Stats
Points 91 97
Field Goals 36-89 (40.4%) 34-83 (41.0%)
3-Pointers 7-28 (25.0%) 12-31 (38.7%)
Free Throws 12-19 (63.2%) 17-19 (89.5%)
Total Rebounds 61 50
Offensive 7 3
Defensive 47 45
Team 7 2
Assists 20 21
Steals 7 8
Blocks 6 0
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
1234T
away team logo Bulls 1-5 1730172791
home team logo Heat 3-4 2722183097
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 1-5 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Heat 3-4 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
Key Players
L. Markkanen F 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
G. Dragic G 17.3 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.8 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Markkanen F 25 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
G. Dragic G 20 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
40.4 FG% 41.0
25.0 3PT FG% 38.7
63.2 FT% 89.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 34 25 8 1 2 0 0 0 9/18 2/7 5/7 1 7 37 +7
R. Lopez 33 22 4 2 1 1 1 1 10/17 0/0 2/2 1 3 31 +4
J. Holiday 37 9 6 2 1 0 0 1 3/15 2/9 1/2 0 6 20 0
J. Grant 25 7 4 8 0 0 1 5 2/5 2/3 1/2 1 3 26 +2
D. Nwaba 29 4 11 1 1 2 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 10 20 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 34 25 8 1 2 0 0 0 9/18 2/7 5/7 1 7 37 +7
R. Lopez 33 22 4 2 1 1 1 1 10/17 0/0 2/2 1 3 31 +4
J. Holiday 37 9 6 2 1 0 0 1 3/15 2/9 1/2 0 6 20 0
J. Grant 25 7 4 8 0 0 1 5 2/5 2/3 1/2 1 3 26 +2
D. Nwaba 29 4 11 1 1 2 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 10 20 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 29 11 7 5 0 2 5 5 5/15 0/3 1/2 1 6 25 -7
D. Valentine 16 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 3 11 -11
C. Felicio 12 6 5 0 0 1 2 2 2/2 0/0 2/4 2 3 10 -13
Q. Pondexter 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -2
P. Zipser 14 0 6 1 1 0 3 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 6 -10
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 91 54 20 7 6 12 19 36/89 7/28 12/19 7 47 186 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 34 20 5 6 1 0 2 3 7/17 2/7 4/5 0 5 36 +8
H. Whiteside 26 13 14 1 1 0 0 2 6/11 1/1 0/0 2 12 30 -3
D. Waiters 32 13 7 7 0 0 4 2 5/12 1/3 2/2 1 6 30 -7
J. Richardson 22 3 2 1 1 0 2 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 0 2 6 +6
O. White 23 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 4 6 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 34 20 5 6 1 0 2 3 7/17 2/7 4/5 0 5 36 +8
H. Whiteside 26 13 14 1 1 0 0 2 6/11 1/1 0/0 2 12 30 -3
D. Waiters 32 13 7 7 0 0 4 2 5/12 1/3 2/2 1 6 30 -7
J. Richardson 22 3 2 1 1 0 2 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 0 2 6 +6
O. White 23 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 4 6 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Johnson 31 19 3 2 1 0 1 3 5/12 3/5 6/6 0 3 26 +4
K. Olynyk 8 8 2 0 0 0 0 5 3/4 1/1 1/1 0 2 10 +1
J. Winslow 24 8 5 0 1 0 1 1 3/7 0/0 2/3 0 5 13 +6
W. Ellington 23 6 2 4 1 0 0 1 2/7 2/6 0/0 0 2 17 +7
B. Adebayo 13 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 10 +8
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 97 48 21 8 0 11 19 34/83 12/31 17/19 3 45 184 +30