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Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, left, celebrates a 3-point shot, as Miami Heat forward Shane Battier watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, shoots in front of Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James wipes his face during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, is fouled as he drives to the basket against New Orleans Hornets guard Brian Roberts (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Thursday, March 28, 2013
CHICAGO — The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short.
The Heat finished six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat’s pursuit of the record to a screeching halt despite another big game from James.
Miami’s superstar did all he could to keep the run going, scoring 32 points.
The Heat hadn’t lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on Feb. 1. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, they simply came up short down the stretch in this one.
Hawks 107, Raptors 88
TORONTO — Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists, and Atlanta clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season by beating Toronto.
Clippers 106, Hornets 91
NEW ORLEANS — Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists, and Los Angeles beat New Orleans. Eric Gordon had 24 points for New Orleans.
Thunder 103, Wizards 80
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and Kevin Durant added 20 as Oklahoma City beat Washington.
Knicks 108, Grizzlies 101
NEW YORK — J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, and New York withstood a furious rally to beat Memphis. The Knicks tied a season high with their sixth straight win.
Lakers 120, T’wolves 117
MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists and Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead Los Angeles to victory over Minnesota. The Lakers, were playing their first game without defensive stopper Metta World Peace. He will have surgery on a torn meniscus today, leaving the Lakers to chase the playoffs without him
Pacers 100, Rockets 91
HOUSTON — Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Indiana to victory over Houston. The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 19 points.
Celtics 93, Cavaliers 92
CLEVELAND — Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and Boston snapped a five-game losing streak. Brandon Bass scored 22 points to lead the Celtics, who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Bobcats 114, Magic 108
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points, and Charlotte handed injury-riddled Orlando its eighth straight loss in a matchup of the NBA’s worst teams.
76ers 100, Bucks 92
PHILADELPHIA — Spencer Hawes had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as Philadelphia beat Milwaukee. Monta Ellis scored 29 points for the Bucks and Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Sacramento officials OK building new arena
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the clock clicking down, Sacramento city officials took their last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California’s capital by approving a public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
The city council’s approval of the arena Tuesday was the last step in what has been a full-court press by Mayor Kevin Johnson to keep Sacramento’s only major league sports team from bolting to Seattle. He now must persuade NBA owners to block the Maloof family from initiating the move, a deal made public in January.
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