sport

Heat streak goes cold in NBA

Luol Deng scored 28 points as the Chicago Bulls dispatched Miami 101-97 to end the Heat's 27-game winning streak on Thursday night.

LeBron James scored 32 points and led a late rally for the Heat, but it was not enough as their run - the second best in NBA history - finished six short of the Los Angeles Lakers' 33 from 1971-72.

Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls.

Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs held off the Denver Nuggets for a 100-99 win.

Danny Green added 100 points for the Spurs, who won when Andre Miller missed a jump shot on the buzzer for the Nuggets.

The Oklahoma City Thunder stayed one game behind the Spurs in the battle for top spot in the Western Conference with a 103-80 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did the damage for the Thunder, scoring 21 and 20 points respectively.

Roy Hibbert scored 28 points to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 100-91 win over the Houston Rockets.

Hibbert also pulled down 13 rebounds, while Lance Stephenson added 21 points.

Kobe Bryant made a smooth transition to small forward, scoring 31 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-117.

Bryant also added seven assists as he stood in for Metta World Peace, while Dwight Howard had 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Blake Griffin's 19 points helped the Los Angeles Clippers to a 105-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

JR Smith poured in 35 points to help the New York Knicks to a 108-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Twenty-six points from Al Horford lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-88 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson had 34 points apiece as the Charlotte Bobcats overcame the Orlando Magic 114-108.

Reggie Evans scored 22 points and grabbed 26 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-93, while Isiah Thomas scored 31 points in the Sacramento Kings' 105-98 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Boston Celtics edged out the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-92, the Philadelphia 76ers saw off the Milwaukee Bucks 100-92 and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 103-88.