Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler (21) is defended by Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31 during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Heat 101-97. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The streak is over.
Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 with 17 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clamped down defensively to come through with a 101-97 victory over the Miami Heat and put an end to the reigning NBA champions' 27-game unbeaten run.
Jimmy Butler chipped in 17 points for Chicago, which limited the Heat's potent offense to a 44.4 percent success rate from the field in the second half to deal Miami its first defeat since a 102-89 setback at Indiana on Feb. 1 -- despite All-Star center Joakim Noah sitting out a third straight outing with an injured foot.
LeBron James still managed 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting in the setback, and Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence to provide 18 points and seven rebounds. Those efforts still weren't quite enough to prevent Miami to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, trailing only a 33-game effort by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Chris Bosh finished with 21 points for the Heat.
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