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Bulls put end to Heat’s long winning streak

Chicago’s Luol Deng, right, knocks ball away from Dwyane Wade. (Associated Press)
Chicago’s Luol Deng, right, knocks ball away from Dwyane Wade. (Associated Press)

NBA: The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short in Chicago.

The Heat finished six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat’s pursuit of the record to a screeching halt despite another big game from James.

Miami’s superstar did all he could to keep the run going, scoring 32 points in a physical final few minutes that saw the MVP even collect a flagrant foul.

The Heat hadn’t lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on Feb. 1. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, they simply came up short down the stretch in this one.

• Knicks increase win streak: J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, and the New York Knicks withstood a furious rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-101 in New York.

Carmelo Anthony added 22 points and Iman Shumpert had 16 as the Knicks, who saw a 30-point second-half lead cut to four with 33 seconds left, tied a season high with their sixth straight win.

• Thunder rout Wizards: Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 103-80 in Oklahoma City.

• Lakers own Timberwolves: Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists and Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The Lakers’ 22nd straight win over the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak.

• Griffin, Paul spark Clippers: Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-91 in New Orleans.

The win moved the Clippers a half-game in front of the Nuggets for third place in the Western Conference.

• Celtics edge Cavaliers: Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and the Boston Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak with a 93-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland.

Brandon Bass scored 22 points for the seventh-place Celtics.

• Trail Blazers drubbed: Brook Lopez scored 28 and Reggie Evans grabbed 26 rebounds and scored 22 to power the Brooklyn Nets to a 111-93 win over the host Portland Trail Blazers.

Flames captain Iginla headed to Penguins

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames.

The Flames announced the deal after their victory over Colorado, sending their longtime captain to the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins in exchange for college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick this year.

Iginla, 35, is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Canadiens slip past Bruins: Andrei Markov tied it with 8.2 seconds left in regulation, and Brendan Gallagher scored the only shootout goal to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins in Boston.

• Wild beat Coyotes in OT: Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix in St. Paul, Minn., extending the Wild’s winning streak to seven and the Coyotes’ skid to seven.

Santa Clara will play for CBI championship

College basketball: Kevin Foster scored 33 points to lead Santa Clara (24-11) to an 81-69 victory over Wright State (23-13) in the College Basketball Invitational semifinals in Fairborn, Ohio.

Foster scored 21 points in the second half to help Santa Clara advance to the best-of-three championship series against George Mason (21-14), a 62-52 winner over Western Michigan (22-13) in Fairfax, Va.

• Saint Mary’s advances: Danielle Mauldin scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to guide Saint Mary’s (23-10) to a 59-55 win over BYU (23-11) in the third round of the Women’s NIT in Provo, Utah.

Sharapova advances to Sony Open semis

Tennis: Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova has overcome an uneven performance at the Sony Open to reach the semifinals by beating Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Third-seeded Sharapova will play No. 22 Jelena Jankovic, who beat No. 15 Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.


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