In a game that somehow lived up to all the pregame hype, the Chicago Bulls came out on top, 101-97, snapping the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. The Heat’s streak was (and is) the second-longest in NBA history.
The game had plenty of highlights. Jimmy Butler threw down an amazing alley-oop over Chris Bosh, Nate Robinson hit a floater/finger roll over LeBron to essentially ice the game down the stretch, and LeBron himself provided more than a few highlights on his end. But ultimately, the Bulls did just enough to pull out the win, even as they were missing Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli and Rip Hamilton.
Jimmy Butler scored 17 points and added 4 rebounds and 5 assists, Luol Deng had one of his best games of the year with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to go with excellent defense on LeBron, and Carlos Boozer finished with 21 and 17, although he was annoyingly shaky for much of the game.
For the Heat, LeBron scored 32, Bosh overcame a slow start to score 21 and Dwyane Wade added 18. Nobody else scored in double-figures for Miami, as the Bulls were able to force the Big Three to beat them on their own.
The Bulls have the next two days off before they travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. The game will start at 1 p.m. central.