Miami Heat beat Chicago Bulls, 107-95 in season opener


MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Two-time defending champions Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 107-95 at AmericanAirlines Arena on Derrick Rose’s return to league action from a lengthy injury.

LeBron James scored 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Heat on a night when the entire team contributed.

“It’s a team game. That’s what this team is put together for,” James said.

Chris Bosh had 16 points, six boards and three blocks and Shane Battier hit 4 for 4 from threes to finished 14 points.

Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each had 13 points, while Ray Allen added 11 points and seven assists and Norris Cole, 11 points and rebounds in the victory.

Michael Beasley, on his return to Miami, did not featured at all.

Carlos Boozer paced the Bulls with a game high 31 points and seven rebounds, with developing shooting guard Jimmy Butler adding 20 points and five steals.

Derrick Rose was pleased to be back on the court with the Bulls and he had 12 points in the defeat.

Joakim Noah played 20 minutes and finished with 11 rebounds.