Two hours before the game, Ben Gordon strolled down a United Center hallway, his pinstriped suit immaculate, his pocket handkerchief protruding just so.
Complimented on his attire, a small smile creased his face.
"It's time to go to work," Gordon said.
You might say Gordon was dressed to kill.
His third-quarter sharpshooting and Luol Deng's fourth-quarter fireworks put a major hurt on the Heat as the Bulls cruised to a 107-89 victory Tuesday night before a raucous sellout crowd of 23,097.
Only four teams in NBA playoff history have lost a best-of-seven series after winning the first two games at home.
And the 2006-07 Bulls have no designs on repeating the infamous feat of their 2004-05 counterparts.
"I know overconfidence isn't going to be a problem," coach Scott Skiles cracked.
Gordon, who shot 11 of 19, was just as on the mark with what his memory of that collapse to the Wizards means for the remainder of this series.
"The last thing you want to do is relax," he said. "You want to play like you're down 2-0."
Gordon spearheaded the game-changing third-quarter run and scored 11 of his 27 points in the quarter.
And Deng added 14 of his 26 points in the fourth as the Bulls emptied their bench with 78 seconds to play.
Shaquille O'Neal finished with a quiet 17 points and eight rebounds. And Dwyane Wade, covered tightly throughout, managed 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting.
The blowout might reverberate all the way until Friday night's tipoff for Game 3.
Then again, it might not.
"We have to be mature enough to understand Miami has been in this situation," Deng said. "We have to keep playing aggressively."
If the Bulls continue the ball movement that led to 28 assists and 55.1 percent shooting in this game, including 11 of 17 three-pointers, that might not be a problem.
It's becoming clear this series is less about matchups and more about movement.
Bulls 107, Heat 89