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Heat extinguished in Windy City

Posted on 28/03/2013 in NBA

In the end it was a trip to the Windy City which blew out the Heat's streak.

Miami came up six games short of the 72 Lakers' 33-win run after suffering a 101-97 defeat in Chicago.

The Heat had been drawing comparisons with the basketball greats of bygone eras, but after the loss the Bulls TV analyst Stacey King was in a chirpy mood.

"Stop it. Just stop it. It's about winning championships. When you win six, you're in the discussion. Then we'll talk about it," he said.

The game was a feisty affair with LeBron James, who posted huge numbers yet again, committing a pivotal flagrant foul down the stretch.

James claimed he was being hacked all game, but the officials disagreed.

After the encounter, the reigning MVP and his team rationalised the loss of the streak calling the win the Bulls' NBA championship and they would collect theirs in June.

That remains to be seen, but for the first time since February 1st, the Heat were second best. 

Next up for the runaway league-leaders is a trip to the Hornets on Friday (March 29th), followed by a big game in second-placed San Antonio on Sunday.