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Hassan Whiteside

Happy birthday: Heat top Bulls 97-91 to end 3-game slide

Erik Spoelstra seems to get the same birthday present from his team every year.

He is not complaining.

Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Tyler Johnson added 19 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Wednesday to snap a three-game slide. It also marked the fourth consecutive year that the Heat played and won on their coach's birthday — Spoelstra is now 47, celebrating that on the same day he and his wife publicly announced they are expecting their first child.

"It was good to finally get a result ... get a little bit closer to our identity," Spoelstra said. "I liked all the emotions we had to go through. These guys want to win so...