CHICAGO — The Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short.
The Heat finished six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat's pursuit of the record to a screeching halt despite another big game from James.
Miami's superstar did all he could to keep the run going, scoring 32 points in a physical final few minutes that saw the MVP even collect a flagrant foul.
The Heat hadn't lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on Feb. 1. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, they simply came up short down the stretch in this one.
For the better part of two months, they were the NBA's comeback kings. They erased seven double-digit deficits during the streak. They found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter 11 times, and won them all.
SPURS 100, NUGGETS 99: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds and San Antonio escaped with a win over Denver when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
THUNDER 103, WIZARDS 80: At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and Kevin Durant had 20 to help OKC..
KNICKS 108, GRIZZLIES 101: At New York, J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, and New York withstood a furious rally to beat Memphis.
CLIPPERS 105, HORNETS 91: At New Orleans, Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists.
PACERS 100, ROCKETS 91: At Houston, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead Indiana.
LAKERS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 117: At Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in his first game filling in at small forward.
HAWKS 107, RAPTORS 88: At Toronto, Al Horford scored 26 points, Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists and Atlanta clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season with a win over Toronto.
CELTICS 93, CAVALIERS 92: At Cleveland, Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, helping Boston snap a five-game losing streak.
76ERS 100, BUCKS 92: At Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins each scored 18 points to lead Philadelphia.
BOBCATS 114, MAGIC 108: At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points, and Charlotte handed injury-riddled Orlando its eighth straight loss.
KINGS 105, GOLDEN ST. 98: At Oakland, Calif., Isaiah Thomas had 31 points and seven assists.
NETS 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 93: At Portland, Ore., Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career high with 22 points.
NBA win streaks
Single-season win streaks
Team season wins
Lakers 1971-72 33
Heat 2012-13 27Comment on this story
Rockets 2007-08 22
Bucks 1970-71 20
Lakers 1999-00 19
Celtics 2008-09 19