CHICAGO, March 27 (UPI) -- Luol Deng led a balanced Chicago attack Wednesday that allowed the Bulls to end Miami's history-making run in a 101-97 victory over the Heat.
With just nine players able to take the court, Chicago still managed to bring a halt to the Heat's 27-game winning streak. It was the second longest in NBA history and Miami came up six victories short of equaling the all-time league record established by the Los Angeles Lakers more than four decades ago.
Chicago went into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead and then did what teams were unable to accomplish against the Heat during their amazing run -- fight them off down the stretch.
Miami made a habit of coming from behind during the streak, but even with LeBron James scoring 32 points the Bulls inched farther in front.
The Heat closed within five points with 1:22 to play, but Carlos Boozer then grabbed a key offensive rebound and made a layup. James promptly turned the ball over and Nate Robinson scored on a layup to give the Bulls a nine-point cushion with 30 seconds to play.
Deng scored 28 points, Boozer had 21 points to go with 17 rebounds and Jimmy Butler chipped in 17 points.
James hit 11-of-17 shots from the field, but the rest of the team could shoot just 43 percent. Miami grabbed a modest six offensive rebounds and they were 7-of-20 from 3-point range.
The Bulls won their third in a row. With Miami's run now over, the longest current active win streak in the NBA is six -- owned by the New York Knicks.