MIAMI (AP) — Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 25 points, Quentin Richardson added 23 and the Miami Heat added to Chicago's recent run of misery by beating the undermanned Bulls 108-95 on Friday night.
Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half for Miami, which extended its season-best home winning streak to five games and passed Toronto for the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference.
James Johnson and Jannero Pargo each scored 20 for Chicago, which lost its seventh straight and played without its top three scorers. Derrick Rose (sprained left wrist), Luol Deng (strained right calf) and Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in left foot) all were sidelined. Rose could be back when the Bulls try to snap their longest losing streak since 2005-06 at Memphis on Tuesday.
Brad Miller had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Flip Murray added 15 points off the Bulls' bench. Mario Chalmers scored 17 on 6-of-9 shooting for Miami, which played without Michael Beasley (left thigh bruise).
Chicago's frustration was evident in the final minutes.
Down only 84-77 when Johnson made a 3-pointer with 5:52 remaining, the Bulls then quickly lost their cool. Wade drove the lane about a minute after that basket and was fouled by Miller, hard enough that referees called Chicago's center for a flagrant.
Kirk Hinrich complained angrily, earning one technical foul. Miller picked up a technical as well, and moments later, Hinrich got a second and was ejected after continuing to argue. His protest continued, and replays showed Hinrich appearing to brush referee Tom Washington on the arm while pleading his case with referee Bennie Adams.
The sequence began with the Heat leading 87-77. After six free throws and Wade's floater from the left baseline 18 seconds after the initial whistle of the possession, Miami was up 95-77.
Even with all of Chicago's injury woes, it took the Heat until the third quarter to open any sort of real comfort zone.
The Bulls were down by 10 twice in the second quarter and rallied, getting within 50-49 at halftime, and then took the lead when Miller opened the second half with a jumper.
Miami seemed to wake up after that.
A 17-5 run over a 4½-minute stretch gave the Heat the lead again, and not even a technical drawn by Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro could slow the Miami burst. O'Neal — whose previous season-best was 24, established twice, including once against Chicago — had six points in the run, Joel Anthony added four and Wade scored four as well, including a runner that put Miami up 70-58.
NOTES: Richardson had four 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes. ... O'Neal didn't score in his final nine minutes of court time, meaning his 25 points came with him logging 24 minutes. ... Chicago is now 4-17 all-time at AmericanAirlines Arena.