Miami’s 27-game win streak – six games shy of tying the NBA record – ended in loud and boisterous Chicago, 101-97. The Heat trailed by nine at halftime, but grabbed a 2-point lead late in the third quarter and appeared poised to pull off yet another comeback on the road.
Hell, the Bulls were without three starters – Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Rip Hamilton, along with reserve Marco Belinelli.
But when LeBron went to the bench, the Bulls went streaking, took the lead, and never relinquished it. They held on the final three minutes thanks to a crucial Carlos Boozer (21 points, 17 rebounds) put-back with :58 left with the Heat trailing by five.
Nate Robinson locked up the game with a finger roll with :30 left after leaving Ray Allen in the dust. Robinson scored 13 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 28.
LeBron, who was called for this questionable flagrant foul against Carlos Boozer in the 4th quarter, finished with 32 points.
Somewhere, the 1971-1972 Lakers are popping bottles, for their streak lives for another year.