No Derrick Rose. No Joakim Noah. No problem. The Chicago Bulls held home court and were able to put an end to the Miami Heat win streak on Wednesday night. It was a nice run for the Miami Heat, but they fell short at the UNited Center despite a late run and interesting end to the game.
Miami was hoping to add to their historic 27-game winning streak against the Bulls and there was every reason to believe the team should have cruised to victory, but when the Bulls jumped out to an early lead they never let up and held on for the upset victory.
Appropriately enough, when the game was coming to a close, “Beat the Heat” was the chant from the crowd.
Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer paced the Bulls offensive attack, with 28 and 21 points respectively, to make up for the lack of star power. Boozer added an incredible 17 rebounds on the night.
For the Heat, LeBron gave it everything he had with a 32 point, 7 rebound performance, but it was not enough to keep the streak rolling.
While the streak is over, the Miami Heat are still the clear favorites to roll through the Eastern Conference in the playoffs. Not that the streak is over, it may actually help the team moving forward. Everyone was giving Miami their best shot with history at stake, so that extra motivation is now out the window.
Hats off to the Bulls who pulled off the highly unlikely victory.