NBA: Bulls halt Heat win streak at 27

The Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat's epic 27-game NBA winning streak on Wednesday with a 101-97 triumph over the reigning league champions.

The Heat's streak was the second-best winning run in major North American professional sport, trailing only the 33-game NBA winning streak of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat hadn't lost since February 1 at Indiana.

Chicago's Luol Deng scored 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds for a Bulls team playing without injured All-Star center Joakim Noah of France.

Jimmy Butler added 17 points for the Bulls, who limited the Heat's formidable offense to 44.4 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

Heat superstar LeBron James scored 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds.

Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence to score 18 points and grab seven rebounds, while Chris Bosh scored 21 points in the setback.