Bulls pay tribute to Luol Deng in United Center return (VIDEO)

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CHICAGO — The first time is always the hardest. It was always going to be weird for Luol Deng to play at the United Center for the first time as a member of the other team.

Deng was excellent in his return to Chicago with the Miami Heat, totaling 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists as the Beat pulled out a 96-84 win over the franchise Deng spent the first nine-plus seasons of his career with.

“It felt weird, really strange,” Deng said after the game. “Something that I didn’t think would happen. I thought I would play here for my entire career, but it didn’t work out that way. Just definitely strange. A lot of emotion and I’m glad it’s over. For me it was a tough game.”

During a timeout break in the first quarter, the Bulls played a tribute video and Deng received a standing ovation…

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