THE Miami Heat continued their fine play, downing the Bulls, 100-88, on Thursday in Chicago on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) for their sixth straight win.
Goran Dragic came up with a huge double-double of 26 points and 11 assists as the Heat notched their 17th win in 47 outings.
Willie Reed scored 20 on 9 of 11 shooting, while Dion Waiters went 6 for 18 in delivering 19 points for Miami.
The Bulls absorbed their second straight loss and 25th in 48 games.
Dwyane Wade came off the bench, part of his penalty for publicly criticizing teammates, and he wound up leading the Bulls in scoring with 15 points.
Butler, also taken off the starting spot for the same offense, wound up with a measly three points on 1 of 13 shooting.