Heat unbeaten run is finally ended
Updated: Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 07:07
The Miami Heat's quest for history fell short, but it didn't end quietly.
The Chicago Bulls stopped the second-longest win streak in American professional sports history, beating the Heat 101-97 on Wednesday at a raucous United Center.
The Heat streak ended at 27.
The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, are the only team to have a longer winning sequence in any of America's professional sports.
Ater the loss, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra reflected on a remarkable accomplishment.
"I had everyone come in and put a hand on each other," Spoelstra said.
"It was the first time I had mentioned the streak.
"It was a heck of an experience to have together. Its significance will mean much more to us later in our careers. I asked them all to share the moment with each other."
Playing without center Joakim Noah, guard Marco Belinelli, guard Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose, the Bulls got 28 points from Luol Deng, while Carlos Boozer compiled 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Boozer came up with the biggest basket for Chicago, fighting off two opponents to grab an offensive rebound, then following it in to make the score 96-89 with 57 seconds remaining.
Nate Robinson put the game out of reach with a drive down the lane and a floater with 30.2 seconds on the clock, while LeBron James hung on the rim after trying to block the shot.
“It didn't matter who they were playing, everyone was following the streak," Deng said.
"So it's great. It's a good feeling to say we're the ones who ended their streak before they broke the record."