MIAMI -- Forward LeBron James sat out with a broken nose, but the Miami Heat -- playing their first home game in 20 days -- still had enough to defeat the Chicago Bulls 93-79 on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Forward Chris Bosh had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and guard Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat (40-14), who have won five in a row. They are one game behind the Indiana Pacers in the battle for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls (29-26), who are in fourth place in the East, had their five-game win streak snapped.
The Heat's next game is Thursday, when the New York Knicks visit. James is expected to return for that game, which would give him exactly one week of rest since he got hurt while driving to the rim against Oklahoma City. James was hit by Thunder center Serge Ibaka, although no foul was called.
Wearing a light-gray suit, James sat on the Heat bench Sunday, giving his teammates instructions and, at one point, flipping a ball underhand and in the basket from out of bounds -- a couple of feet behind the corner three-point line.
James watched the Heat play terrific defense, forcing seven 24-second violations against the Bulls.
The Heat improved to 2-0 this season without James. In the only previous game without him, Bosh scored 37 points in a win over Portland.
Bosh was good again on Sunday, scoring seven of his points in the third quarter, when the Heat went on a 16-2 run that, in essence, won the game. The Heat led 65-52 after three quarters, following a first half in which neither team led by more than five points.
With James out, the Heat started center Greg Oden, who entered the game having played a combined total of just 78 minutes all season. It was just his 11th game of the season and his first start in nearly five years.
Oden had five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.
Miami also got 12 points and nine assists from point guard Mario Chalmers.
Chicago was led by center Joakim Noah's 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The teams played to a 40-40 draw in the first half. The Heat, who entered the game as the best shooting team in the NBA at .510, shot just .364. The Bulls, ranked 28th in the category, actually outshot the Heat at .378 and out-rebouned Miami by 13.
Miami stayed in the game by taking care of the ball -- just two turnovers -- and by getting scoring from Bosh (15 points) and Wade (13). Bosh made 10 of his points in the first quarter and was 3 of 6 on 3-pointers in the first half.
NOTES: Bulls SG Jimmy Butler sat out Sunday due to a ribs injury. ... Rookie SG Tony Snell started in place of Butler. It was the 11th start of the season for the first-round pick (20th overall). ... Since Jan. 1, the Bulls have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. ... The Heat entered Sunday 39-14 -- the same exact record they have had all three years of the LeBron James Era. ... Since the end of last season, the Heat have gotten rid of three players in an effort to save money in luxury taxes -- SG Roger Mason, SG Mike Miller and C Joel Anthony. ... Mason was the most recent one, getting traded to the Kings on Thursday in a deal that also gave the Heat roster flexibility should they want to pick up a released player before the end of the regular season. ... While the Heat made, at best, a lateral move with Mason at the trading deadline, their chief rival in the East, Indiana, acquired a standout guard in Evan Turner. ... Next up for the Bulls is Tuesday's game at the Atlanta Hawks.