Miami Suffers First Loss Since Feb 1st – NBA Roundup For March 28th
UNDATED (AP) — It’s over in the most improbable way!
Miami’s quest to break the NBA record for consecutive wins was ended by a Chicago Bulls team that was without four key players. The final of 101-97 ended the Heat’s winning streak at 27, six short of the mark set by the 1971-72 Lakers.
Luol Deng paced the undermanned Bulls with 28 points in 44 minutes and Carlos Boozer chipped in with 21 and 17 rebounds in a bruising game that had playoff intensity.
LeBron James did his best to keep the streak going with 32 points. He even picked up a flagrant foul in the physical final few minutes.
Chicago was without star guard Derrick Rose, who’s been out all season, as well as Joakim (JOH’-kihm) Noah, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton.
It was Miami’s first loss since February 1.
In other NBA play;
— Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta reached the playoffs for a sixth straight season with a 107-88 win over Toronto.
— Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead San Antonio over Denver 100-99. Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer to send Denver to its second straight loss after a 15-game winning streak.
— Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career high with 22 points as Brooklyn beat Portland 111-93. It was the Nets’ 20th road win of the season, matching a franchise best.
— Isaiah Thomas had 31 points and seven assists to help Sacramento earn a rare road win, 105-98 over Golden State. The Kings went into the game with an NBA worst 6-30 road record.
— Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and Oklahoma City beat Washington 103-80.
— Jeff Green hit the winning layup at the buzzer to give Boston a 93-92 win over Cleveland that snapped the Celtics five-game losing streak. Green finished with 21.
— J.R. Smith scored 35 points to pace the Knicks to a 108-101 victory over Memphis, for New York’s sixth straight win. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 30 in the second half but cut it to four with 33 seconds left. Mike Conley had 26 for Memphis.
— Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 100-91 victory over Houston.
— Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in the Lakers 120-117 win over Minnesota. Dwight Howard added 25 points and 16 rebounds. The Lakers were playing their first game without defensive stopper Metta World Peace, who will have surgery on a torn meniscus on Thursday and miss at least six weeks.
— Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece as Utah defeated Phoenix 103-88 to stay within a game of the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff battle.
— Spencer Hawes scored 15 points and pulled down a career high 17 rebounds to lead Philadelphia in a 100-92 win over Milwaukee. Jrue (DROO) Holliday and Damien Wilkins each scored 18 for the 76ers who won their third straight at home. The Bucks have lost four straight.
— Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 to help Charlotte top Orlando 114-108 in a meeting of the NBA’s worst teams. The Magic have lost eight in a row.