Chicago Bulls end Miami Heat's win streak
The defending NBA-champion Miami Heat have captured the attention of the basketball world over the last two months. Led by LeBron James, the Heat had won 27 straight games entering their contest with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. That impressive streak, the second-longest in NBA history, came to an abrupt end when Chicago dispatched the Heat 101-97, The Associated Press reports.
To anyone watching Miami over its last several games, it seemed like the time was right for the streak to end. The Heat had fallen behind early in many of their previous wins but managed to overcome the deficits through sheer force of talent - usually thanks to James. It almost happened again, with Miami re-claiming the lead in the second half, but Chicago was able to take it back thanks to their physical playing and tenacious rebounding. Despite the loss, which came just six short of the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time record of 33 in a row, James couldn't help but be pleased.
"We haven't had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did," he told reporters after the game. "We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that."
The Bulls' win brings to mind some of the other longest streaks in professional sports history. Most recently, football fans will surely remember the impressive run the New England Patriots put together several years ago. Between 2003 and 2004, the Patriots won a record 21 straight games - a feat they almost matched several years later when they won 18 in a row before being dispatched by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
Baseball has one of the longest-standing win-streak records. In 1916, the New York Giants won 26 games in a row. The Oakland A's came close to that in 2002, however, when they won 22 consecutively- an American league record. In hockey, the longest win streak belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 17 straight games in 1993 behind the leadership of NHL legend Mario Lemieux. Interestingly, the Penguins streak ended due to a tie, and they didn't suffer a loss until the playoffs.