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Bulls-Heat Breaks Record For Local TV Ratings

It would be hard to blame Chicago Bulls fans if they felt like bypassing Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat altogether after it was learned that star guard Derrick Rose would sit out to nurse his injured groin. But as Chicago has proven time and time again in the Tom Thibodeau era, the team has a way of grinding out victories even under unlikely circumstances, and Wednesday night was a prime example: led by third string point guard John Lucas III and some hot three-point shooting, the Bulls knocked off the Heat 106-102.

Turns out Chicago fans did indeed flock to their televisions. From ESPN Chicago:

The Bulls' victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday drew a 6.2 rating in Chicago on ESPN, making it the highest rated regular season game in the city in the network's history.

Overall, the game did a 2.2 national rating, making it the third-highest rated game of the season for ESPN.

Chicago and Miami will play next at the United Center on April 12.

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