Snap their 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in the league’s history
Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 with 17 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls snapped the visiting Heat’s 27-game winning streak — the second-longest in league history — with a 101-97 victory on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Butler chipped in 17 points and reserve Nate Robinson contributed 13 for the Bulls, who clinched a playoff spot despite the absence of injured All-Star centre Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli, and Richard Hamilton.
LeBron James netted 32 points, Chris Bosh had 21 while Dwyane Wade chipped in with 18 for the defending NBA Champions, who played catch-up most of the game and fell short of matching the all-time mark of 33 straight wins set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
“We hadn’t had a moment to know what we really did,” James said. “It’s very fortunate and humbling to be a part of a streak like this, one of the best the league has ever seen… This is a special team, and we want to win the NBA Championship.”DPA