The Bulls' 5'9" Third-String Point Guard Stole A Win From The Heat

Nate Robinson went off at the end of Game 1 to help the ultra-shorthanded Bulls beat the Heat in Miami.

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The Heat are the presumptive NBA title favorites. They have been for months. They still are today. But at least for a moment, after stealing Game 1 in Miami, the shorthanded Chicago Bulls have become a huge obstacle in the champs' path.

Nate Robinson — the Bulls' journeyman, 5'9" third-string point guard, starting in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich (who was starting in place of the injured Derrick Rose) — scored 27 points Monday night.

After Dwyane Wade hurriedly missed a three-pointer, Robinson took the ball down the court, waved off his teammates and scored again, using his superior speed to turn the corner on Ray Allen and penetrate the lane.

That shot sealed it. And thanks to Robinson — plus unheralded second-year player Jimmy Butler, who has played 144 straight minutes for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah's presence in the paint — the Bulls have an improbable early series lead.

The Heat are 2-2 against the Bulls since Feb. 3. Since then, they’re 39-1 against everybody else.

Chris Tomasson

@christomasson

The Heat are 2-2 against the Bulls since Feb. 3. Since then, they’re 39-1 against everybody else.

Stay tuned, folks: Game 2's on Wednesday.