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 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, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, they came up short down the stretch in this one.
BOBCATS 114, MAGIC 108
At Charlotte, Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points as the handed the Magic their eighth-straight loss.
SPURS 100, NUGGETS 99
At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. Nuggets guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
KNICKS 108, GRIZZLIES 101
At New York, J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, as the Knicks held off Memphis.
THUNDER 103, WIZARDS 80
At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, and Kevin Durant added 20 for the Thunder
LAKERS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 117
At Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists, and Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead Los Angeles.
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 the Pacers.
CLIPPERS 105, HORNETS 91
At New Orleans, Blake Griffin scored 19 points, and Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists to lead the Clippers.
CELTICS 93, CAVALIERS 92
At Cleveland, Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer for Boston.
HAWKS 107, RAPTORS 88
At Toronto, Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists as the Hawks clined a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
76ERS 100, BUCKS 92
At Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to pace the 76ers.
JAZZ 103, SUNS 88
At Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece for Utah.