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Streak over, Heat relaxes for one day

Out of reach: The Bucks’ Monta Ellis, trying to get around Steve Nash, scores 18 during a 113-103 victory over the Lakers.

Associated Press

Out of reach: The Bucks’ Monta Ellis, trying to get around Steve Nash, scores 18 during a 113-103 victory over the Lakers.

NEW ORLEANS — The win streak finally over, the Heat did Thursday what it had planned to do all along: take the day off.

Though the circus atmosphere might lessen — until the playoffs start, anyway — the way the reigning champions go about their business over the final 11 games of the regular season probably will not.

Miami's 27-game winning streak ended with a 101-97 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, six wins shy of the Lakers' record set in 1971-72.

"It really didn't matter to us," said guard Dwyane Wade, whose team faces the Hornets tonight. "If you get it, it's awesome. If you don't, we still won 27 games in a row. That's pretty awesome. So we really weren't like, 'We've got to get that record.' And now that it's over, I'm glad it's over."

The biggest Lakers star of this generation offered the Heat plenty of respect.

"As a student of the game, as a fan of the game, you appreciate those kind of streaks and you realize how difficult it is to put together that big of a streak," Kobe Bryant said late Wednesday. "Obviously, the Lakers winning 33 in a row was phenomenal. But the Heat's one was just as impressive."

Game highlights: Monta Ellis scored eight of his 18 during a late 12-3 run as the host Bucks pulled away to beat the Lakers 113-103. Bryant scored 30 points and is four behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth in NBA history. … Paul George scored eight of his 24 during a 20-5 third-quarter run that helped the visiting Pacers rout the Mavericks 103-78.

Refs wrong: The league told Minnesota the officials erred in not calling a foul on Bryant at the end of Wednesday's game against the Lakers. Minnesota lost 120-117 when Ricky Rubio missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He immediately complained to the officials about being fouled.

Around the league: Indiana forward Danny Granger will have season-ending surgery on his left knee. Granger, who averaged a team-high 18.7 points last season, didn't play this season until Feb. 25 after offseason surgery on the knee. After five games, pain returned. … Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire said his recovery from his March 12 right knee surgery is "a little bit ahead of schedule" but he isn't sure if he can return by the playoffs. … Three championship rings belonging to ex-Lakers forward A.C. Green were stolen from his Southern California home. Green believes the culprits are day laborers hired to move his belongings into storage, police said.

Bucks 113, Lakers 103

L.A. LAKERS (103): Bryant 6-17 18-20 30, Gasol 6-12 0-0 12, Howard 6-8 3-10 15, Nash 5-7 5-5 16, Meeks 4-12 2-2 11, Jamison 5-10 2-2 13, Clark 0-3 0-0 0, Blake 2-8 0-0 6. Totals 34-77 30-39 103.

MILWAUKEE (113): Daniels 7-12 1-1 16, Ilyasova 8-17 2-2 20, Sanders 8-11 5-10 21, Jennings 7-14 3-3 20, Ellis 8-16 2-2 18, Udoh 1-3 1-2 3, Redick 3-7 0-0 7, Dalembert 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Mbah a Moute 1-5 0-0 2, Dunleavy 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 45-93 16-22 113.

L.A. Lakers 25 31 21 26— 103

Milwaukee 18 35 29 31— 113

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 5-20 (Blake 2-6, Nash 1-2, Jamison 1-2, Meeks 1-6, Gasol 0-1, Bryant 0-3), Milwaukee 7-19 (Jennings 3-6, Ilyasova 2-5, Daniels 1-1, Redick 1-4, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Ellis 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 54 (Howard 15), Milwaukee 52 (Sanders 13). AssistsL.A. Lakers 19 (Nash 6), Milwaukee 22 (Ellis 9). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, Milwaukee 25. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers defensive three second, Jennings. A16,884 (18,717).

Pacers 103, Mavericks 78

INDIANA (103): George 10-17 2-3 24, West 3-8 1-4 7, Hibbert 5-10 6-8 16, Hill 3-5 3-3 10, Stephenson 3-9 0-0 6, Johnson 5-10 0-0 12, T.Hansbrough 5-10 3-6 13, Augustin 2-4 0-0 6, Mahinmi 4-8 1-2 9, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 16-26 103.

DALLAS (78): Marion 4-7 0-2 8, Nowitzki 10-20 1-2 21, Wright 2-5 0-0 4, M.James 0-4 0-0 0, Mayo 3-10 0-0 7, Brand 2-8 1-1 5, Collison 2-6 5-6 10, Carter 5-13 3-3 14, Crowder 1-3 0-0 3, Kaman 0-1 0-0 0, Morrow 2-4 0-0 4, B.James 1-1 0-0 2, Dentmon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-83 10-14 78.

Indiana 23 18 34 28— 103

Dallas 18 23 17 20— 78

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-15 (Augustin 2-2, Johnson 2-5, George 2-5, Hill 1-1, Green 0-1, Stephenson 0-1), Dallas 4-14 (Collison 1-1, Carter 1-2, Crowder 1-2, Mayo 1-5, M.James 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 65 (Hibbert 11), Dallas 44 (Brand 8). AssistsIndiana 22 (George 6), Dallas 18 (Collison 8). Total FoulsIndiana 19, Dallas 24. TechnicalsKaman. A20,037 (19,200).

Streak over, Heat relaxes for one day 03/28/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:16am]
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