(CHICAGO) — The streak is over.
Luol Deng scored 28 points to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Miami Heat, 101-97 on Wednesday to end the Heat’s 27-game winning streak.
LeBron James scored 32 points for Miami (56-15), but a late comeback fell short. Miami fell six games shy of tying the all-time record of 33 straight wins set by the Lakers in 1972.
“We haven’t had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did,” James said. “We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that.”
Carlos Boozer pulled down 17 rebounds for Chicago (39-31), which clinched a playoff spot with the win.
“We were much more competitive in the second half. It became make or miss in the fourth quarter, and we couldn’t get the necessary stops we needed to,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
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