Posted March 27, 2013

Heat winning streak snapped at 27 games in loss to Bulls

Ben Golliver, Carlos Boozer, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Luol Deng, Miami Heat
LeBron James and the Heat lost to the Bulls in Chicago. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Heat lost to the Bulls in Chicago. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

The Heat’s 27-game winning streak was snapped by a 101-97 loss to the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday. After dominating late in games to launch multiple double-digit comebacks throughout its streak, Miami came up just short in the fourth quarter, getting outscored by the Bulls 32-29 in the final period.

Miami’s streak goes down as the second-longest in NBA history, falling just six games short of tying the NBA’s all-time record of 33 consecutive wins set by the 1971-72 Lakers. In pursuit of the Lakers’ all-time record, Miami passed the 2007-08 Rockets (22 games) to set the record for the three-point era.

The Heat, who are defending their 2012 title, last lost on Feb. 1 to the Pacers in Indiana. Miami won more games during its streak than 10 teams have won all season as of Wednesday.

LeBron James finished with a game-high 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals to lead the Heat. Dwyane Wade, returning after missing two games to rest his knee, added 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals.

The undermanned Bulls were without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton due to various injuries. Chicago was led by Luol Deng, who finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Miami holds the NBA’s best record at 56-15 and leads the rest of the Eastern Conference by 11.5 games.

27 comments
RCH
RCH

Guess Mr. West and crew can pop the champagne as another year goes by with their record intact.

 

Skipperandco
Skipperandco

Individually LeBron's regular season has been historic, I think looking back it will be up there with Shaq in 2000 and Jordan in 96, or 92, as the most dominant seasons in the modern era. Just crazy to be able to play that way for 2 months straight.

a_evangelista
a_evangelista

Big sigh of relief from Lakers fans. That was close. 

 

JaneGutierez
JaneGutierez

First of all - i love the determination both teams showed.  Secondly, I cant believe the heat wave is over!!  Good run, Miami.  see you at the NBA Finals.  I guess its no wonder why people think the '72 lakers are better than the Heat this year on the sidewithme debate - can't compare anyone with mr. nba, jerry west.   sidewithme.com/debate/408

Jarrett1
Jarrett1

Thank God, even if they got the streak they still weren't in position to break the bulls record of 72-10!!! That was a team and played against better competition... Put that in perspective that before the streak even started they already had 14 losses! 

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

THANK GOD! NOW ESPN CAN FACKING STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS USELESS STREAK!

OgnjenStevanovic
OgnjenStevanovic

I wanna to see Heat win over healthy Bulls without Le Bron, Wade, Bosh. Just imagine how shortmaned Bulls crushed their dreams, yep, without Rose, Noah, Belinelli, Hamilton. STREAK between stupid steroid eyes .

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

The Heat have one of the oldest rosters in the league.  They really need to start resting their players now anyway, what with the #1 seed for the East all but locked up, and the pressure of the win streak would've gotten in the way of that.

MannyAviles
MannyAviles

And they thought they were getting the record....  I guess better to lose now than later.

 

amolad
amolad

BOOyah! No Rose, no Kim. Deep, baby!

Skipperandco
Skipperandco

Oh yeah, and that is a great win for the Bulls!

Michael7843853
Michael7843853

 @JaneGutierez I remember that team. Mr. West was the best. Half the teams in the league now would beat that team at least half the time. Apples and oranges.

m.guszak
m.guszak

 @Jarrett1 I would challenge that ridiculous statement. The 1990s were a very weak era of basketball. And I don't even like James and the Heat.

Michael7843853
Michael7843853

 @OgnjenStevanovic Some truth to what you say. If it was steroid driven,IDK, take joy in the end of the practice. That would mean more than the end of the streak.

Michael7843853
Michael7843853

What are LBJ's stats over this streak? Will his effort become part of his legend?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @MannyAviles Who thought that?  All the sound bites from the Heat players themselves the last few weeks kept stressing that the playoffs matter, not the streak.

MannyAviles
MannyAviles

 @leehwgoc The Media thought that the record was going to be broken.... this was just to stressful for the players as the streak was getting longer... Like I said: better to loose a meaningless game now than one down the road in the playoffs