by Ben Goliver -cnnsi.com
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 2oo7-08 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.