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There are some serious balls on these Chicago Bulls. Behind 24 points from Andres Nocioni, 23 from Ben Gordon, and 21 points and 9 assists from Kirk Hinrich, the Chicago Bulls have pulled even in their series with the Miami Heat, 2 games apiece.

It's a real actual series now, a series in which it's entirely possible that either team will win... and I must confess, I didn't see that coming. These Bulls are younger, they're more athletic, they make Miami run more than they want to... and Miami's getting frustrated.

There was an incident in today's game where Dwyane Wade and Gary Payton were sniping at each other, and Alonzo Mourning and Shaq had to step in and calm things down. Hopefully, part of Shaq's conversation with Payton sounded like, "He's Dwyane Wade, and you're not. That means you shut up."

The bad news for the Bulls is that Tyson Chandler went down with an ankle injury late in the game, and had to be physically carried off the court by Luke Schenscher and a Bulls trainer. I think it was nice of the Bulls to let Schenscher carry him off so he'll feel like he's earning his paycheck.

Game Five is Tuesday night at 8:00.