Showing the grit, hustle and determination that has defined so many of their regular-season victories over the Heat, the Bulls prevailed 95-88 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

With his father, Yannick, cheering from the stands, Joakim Noah capped a monster game with an offensive rebound, putback and then block at th8e other end late in overtime. Noah finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks.

"This is what you play basketball for," Noah said. "I love it. Beating Miami ... I don’t care if it’s the regular season, it’s always special."

D.J. Augustin's 22 points led the Bulls. Jimmy Butler added 16 points, 11 rebounds and tenacious defense on LeBron James that included two strips in the final minutes of regulation. James didn't attempt a free throw.

The Bulls scored the first nine points of overtime and had a 27-6 edge in second-chance points.

"Whoever (coach Tom Thibodeau) has in the lineup is going to play Bulls' style of basketball, so we always look forward to it," James said beforehand. "You have to be ready for a physical game."

That it was. James and Butler drew a double technical foul for shoving. Noah kept razzing the crowd with his clapping and switching onto James.

The Heat led 43-37 at halftime thanks to a 15-0 run stopped by a Noah jump hook just before the break.

"You have to give them credit," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It’s a winning organization. They’re well coached. They have tough-minded players with a lot of pride. And they still have very capable guys. They defend every night. That gives them a chance.