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"With two defenders on him, Derrick Rose launched a desperation three-point shot with 1.5 seconds left," Mike Dodd writes for USA Today. "It was an air ball."
"The last moments summed up the Chicago Bulls' play in the fourth quarter of their final four games as they squandered a 12-point lead in the last three-plus minutes to fall to the Miami Heat 83-80, losing the Eastern Conference finals in Game 5."
"Rose, whose season-long heroics earned him the NBA Most Valuable Player award, again struggled in the final quarter, hitting two of nine shots and scoring six points and committing two turnovers. He finished 4-for-23 in the deciding quarter and overtime of the last four games, all Bulls' losses.
"The Bulls were outscored 18-3 down the stretch of this one, a stunning collapse and bitter ending to a season in which they won an NBA-best 62 games."
"Even with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on their side, the Miami Heat were all but left for dead, cold as a corpse with the odds stacked high against them," Matt Youmans writes for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"The Heat trailed by 12 points with 3:53 remaining, but that's when a rather quiet Thursday night of NBA betting was interrupted by a visit from a crazy uncle. Unpredictable insanity turned the Las Vegas Hilton sports book into a carnival atmosphere.
"In-running wagering - a concept in which the point spread, money line and total are adjusted and posted at each timeout - is a tool every sports bettor should put to use. There might be no better example than the Heat's 83-80 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals."
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