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Bulls end Heat streak at 27

Bulls guard Nate Robinson celebrates making a 3-pointer during the first half near Heat forward Shane Battier.

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Bulls guard Nate Robinson celebrates making a 3-pointer during the first half near Heat forward Shane Battier.

CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 28 and Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 17 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Heat 101-97 to end its win streak at 27.

Despite getting back guard Dwyane Wade after two games out with a sore right knee, Miami finished six shy of the NBA record held by the 1971-72 Lakers.

"We haven't had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did," said Miami's LeBron James, who scored 32. "We (were) just very fortunate, very humbled and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that."

The Heat trailed by as many as 13 in the first half. It briefly took the lead in the third and trailed by two early in the fourth after a basket by Wade.

The Bulls, playing without center Joakim Noah (foot) and still missing star point guard Derrick Rose (ACL), answered with a Deng 3-pointer and a Kirk Hinrich floater. After a layup by James, Deng's 3-pointer made it 83-75 with just more than six minutes left.

"It became make or miss in the fourth quarter, and we couldn't get the necessary stops we needed to," Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. "In the last handful of games, those shots were going down, and maybe that masked a few things going down the stretch."

When it was over, the faces of the Heat players were stoic. As James walked down the tunnel, he turned and glared at a fan who grabbed at his head.

Meanwhile, the Bulls whooped and slapped hands with anyone they could reach. Coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged ending the streak was nice but there was a bigger issue.

"We're more concerned about them being the defending champion," he said. "Everyone is chasing them.

"You're chasing them regardless of whether there is a streak or no streak."

MIAMI (97): James 11-17 8-11 32, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, Bosh 8-17 4-5 21, Chalmers 4-10 0-0 9, Wade 7-13 4-7 18, Battier 2-4 0-0 6, Allen 3-8 0-0 7, Andersen 2-5 0-0 4, Cole 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-77 16-23 97.

CHICAGO (101): Deng 10-22 4-4 28, Boozer 9-17 3-5 21, Mohammed 3-4 0-0 6, Hinrich 3-10 0-0 7, Butler 6-10 3-5 17, Robinson 6-10 1-2 14, Gibson 2-7 2-2 6, Cook 1-5 0-0 2, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Teague 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-85 13-18 101.

Miami 22 24 22 29— 97

Chicago 32 23 14 32— 101

3-Point GoalsMiami 7-20 (Battier 2-4, James 2-5, Bosh 1-2, Allen 1-4, Chalmers 1-5), Chicago 8-22 (Deng 4-8, Butler 2-4, Hinrich 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Cook 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 38 (Wade, James 7), Chicago 59 (Boozer 17). AssistsMiami 15 (Chalmers 4), Chicago 27 (Hinrich 6). Total FoulsMiami 17, Chicago 18. TechnicalsWade. Flagrant Fouls—James. A23,014 (20,917).

Bulls end Heat streak at 27 03/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:30am]

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