words // Luis Sanchez

With Derrick Rose sitting out last night for the Bulls with a minor groin injury, many fans out there figured the Bulls would have a tough time dealing with their 2011 Eastern Conference Finals opponent in the Miami Heat and their “Big 3.”

The Bulls were led by unexpected studs off the bench, with the 5 11′ John Lucas leading them to victory with 24 points and several clutch shots late in the game to make the difference. Putting in respectable efforts in the loss, LeBron James scored 35 points for the Heat, while his sidekick Dwyane Wade also had a good night with 36 points for the Heat.

Enjoy a look at all the action below, as part of Eastbay’s latest NBA Sneaker Watch.

John Lucas led the Bulls to victory in the Nike Zoom KD IV.

Norris Cole defends in the Lunar Hypergamer Nike Basketball shoes.

Blake Griffin posts up in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011.

Eric Bledsoe elevates in the Nike LeBron 9.

LeBron James led the Heat with 36 points in last night’s loss.

The Masked Mamba elevates in the Nike Kobe VII.

Joe Johnson elevates in his Fly 23 Jordan Shoes.