The Miami Heat’s winning streak ended at 27 games, six shy of the National Basketball Association record, with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Heat, who lost for the first time since Feb. 1, own the second-longest winning streak in NBA history behind the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row.
“They play unbelievable basketball,” Luol Deng, who led the Bulls with 28 points, said in a televised interview. “We knew how good they were. We locked in.”
The Heat trailed by 13 points in the first half last night at Chicago’s United Center before rallying to take a 59-58 lead late in the third quarter. Chicago, which led by one point entering the fourth quarter, outscored the Heat 32-29 in the final period.
Carlos Boozer had 21 points and Jimmy Butler added 17 for the Bulls, who improved to 39-31.
At New York’s Madison Square Garden, J.R. Smith scored 35 points and Carmelo Anthony added 22 for the Knicks (44-26) in their 108-101 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (47-24). Mike Conley had 26 points and Jerryd Bayless added 24 points for the Grizzlies, who trailed 69-41 at halftime.
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