The Heat haven't been playing too many competitive games lately.

During its recent nine-game winning streak, Miami has won by an average of 12.6 points, which was helped by a 19-point win over the Bulls Thursday night at the United Center.

The Bulls turned the ball over 27 times and shot just 37.3 percent from the field as they fell to eight games behind the top-seeded Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.

But the Heat aren't going to get in the habit of overlooking the Bulls -- or any team in the East, for that matter.

"Look, this team is going through some adversity right now," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "[Kirk] Hinrich being out definitely affected them. Not having [Derrick] Rose. The next time we play them, that will likely be a different-looking team.

"Our expectations are high. To play for a title, you have to win different ways, but you have to play at an elite level. There's no question about it."

The last time the two teams squared off -- in Miami Jan. 4 -- the Bulls out-rebounded the Heat by 20. Thursday, Miami still got out-rebounded, but only by three (39-36).