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Bulls vie to stay on track vs. Heat

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:04 PM ( - The Chicago Bulls have won back-to-back games after Derrick Rose called out his teammates Monday night. They shoot for three straight wins Sunday afternoon versus the Miami Heat.

The Bulls lost for the sixth time in eight tries with Monday's 108-94 loss at Cleveland and Rose said his teammates need to maintain focus and trust each other on both ends of the floor. They responded by thrashing San Antonio and squeezing out a win over Dallas Friday night in Big D.

Rose and Jimmy Butler scored 20 points apiece and All-Star Pau Gasol chipped in 13 points to go along with 16 rebounds. Taj Gibson posted 15 points and Joakim Noah added six and seven rebounds in his return from injury.

"You played two games, you got to keep putting the intensity in it ... I like the direction we're moving in," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Rose is averaging 22.6 points in his last eight games. Gasol is posting an average of 20.5 points and 13.3 rebounds in his past 12 contests.

Chicago will try to improve its 13-10 home record before embarking on a six- game road trip against Golden State, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Orlando.

In injury news for the Bulls, forward Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable Sunday and hasn't played since New Year's Day.

Miami is coming off Friday night's 89-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers in which Dwyane Wade sealed the win from the foul line. Wade made one of his two free throws with 6.9 seconds left and the Heat halted a two-game slide to win for the second time in the past five games.

"The way this season is going, I don't care if we won by 20 or half a point. We got the win," Wade said.

The Heat led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter (75-55) and received 23 points from Luol Deng. Chris Bosh netted 19 points, Wade ended with 13 and Chris Andersen grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 48 percent for the game and had a 54-37 halftime lead.

Miami is 18-2 this season when leading after three quarters, while Bosh is six points shy if 16,000 in his career. The Heat are 11-11 on the road and will host Milwaukee and Dallas next.

The Bulls defeated the Heat, 93-75, on Dec. 14, as Dunleavy scored 22 points and fellow Duke product Deng countered with 17. Wade also had 17 points in that one for Miami, which will host Chicago on April 9.

Chicago has won three of the last four games in this series.