Without even mentioning the staggering amount of anecdotal data where blatant calls went in the Heat favor (or were completely made up), think about these numbers, then remember Lebron's wink.
In 5 games, the Bulls:
- made more 6 field goals
- made 11 more 3 point field goals
- had 35 more offensive rebounds
- had 21 more total rebounds (the Heat had more defensive rebounds because they had more opportunity - the Bulls took a staggering 67 more shots)
- had 18 more assists
- had 16 fewer turnovers
and yet, they lost. If you want to see what a fixed outcome looks like, look no further than this - the Bulls were outscored by a total of 13 points; however, the Bulls were called for 19 more fouls and the Heat shot 29 more free throws. - 29 FTAs? 13 points? Hmmm, what a shock that they won. The fix was in. There is no amount of good play or good outside shooting that can overcome a team being constantly bumped when driving or shooting at the rim with no call (those go down as 0-1 in the box score and greatly affected our FG%). You can talk about whether Rose should have played better or not (he probably averages 5 more ppg in an unbiased refereeing situation), but these numbers show the point - the Bulls played better, all things considered. The refs made sure the NBA got the outcome they wanted.