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.
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, Miami simply came up short down the stretch in this one.
For the better part of two months, they were the NBA's comeback kings. They erased seven double-digit deficits during the streak. They found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter 11 times, and won them all.
And when they walked off the floor in Chicago, they were not happy. Faces were stoic as the Heat trudged toward the locker room. James turned and glared at one fan who grabbed at his head.
Meanwhile, the Bulls whooped and slapped hands with anyone they could reach, with some acknowledging that being the team that snapped the streak meant plenty.
Peace has torn meniscus
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters at shootaround on Wednesday that he wasn't sure if World Peace will be ready for the start of the playoffs next month.
Former Kentucky player Jodie Meeks started Wednesday night against Minnesota in World Peace's place. He had five points and three assists in 35 minutes of action.
Sacramento OKs arena
Sacramento city officials took their last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California's capital by approving a public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
Next week, Mayor Kevin Johnson will try to convince NBA owners to block the Maloof family from initiating the move, a deal made public in January.
The following week, the NBA Board of Governors will vote on whether the team can be sold, and whether it will stay or move.
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter left the court in obvious pain against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday with what team officials said was a dislocated left shoulder.
An MRI is scheduled for Thursday morning.