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05:35 PM ET 03.28 | It has been a trying year at times for the Chicago Bulls. They have dealt with major roster turnover, seemingly endless injuries and of course, the speculation surrounding the potential return of superstar Derrick Rose. But the Bulls have done an excellent job overcoming adversity, as evidenced by their 101-97 win on Wednesday that ended the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak. Chicago won despite not having the services of Rose, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton and Marco Belenelli, getting brilliant performances from up and down the lineup. While there have been some ugly stretches for the Bulls this season, the confidence was oozing after their gritty performance against the Heat. "We've been saying it all year: When we're at our best, we can beat anybody," Luol Deng said. Chicago has beaten Miami twice already this season, and if Rose came back, the Bulls could become the biggest threat to the Heat in the East. But even if Rose sits, this Bulls team won't go down without a hard fight.

Chicago Tribune

, David Banks David Banks
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March 28, 2013  06:19 PM ET

Yea they are excited to beat a team who won 27 straight..at home..with some questionable calls and 'no calls' as well. 4-1 in the playoffs if they meet. easy

March 28, 2013  06:52 PM ET

Lucky win.

March 28, 2013  10:25 PM ET

Grumpy Heat fans?

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March 28, 2013  10:47 PM ET

this proves regular season dont mean sheet.

March 28, 2013  11:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Grumpy Heat fans?

Yeah.......

March 28, 2013  11:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yea they are excited to beat a team who won 27 straight..at home..with some and 'no calls' as well..........

There were no "questionable calls" that influenced the outcome of the game. The missed calls were to the benifit/detriment to BOTH teams.

March 29, 2013  04:23 AM ET

27 in a row is quite an accomplishment for any NBA team in any era.

But I have to give the Heat some credit for their tremendous run without a true 7' foot center as an inside presence. While Magic had Jabbar, Bird had the Chief, Isiah had Edwards-Laimbeer-Mahorn, Jordan had Cartwright-Purdue-Longley-Wennington (try not to LOL), while Lebron (6' 8") was the Heats main inside presence.

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March 29, 2013  05:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Very good post !The Bulls teams of the 90's were not known for their centers, although their centers could play a little defense - and not much else. The Heat are built the same way. Just like the Bulls, their strength is their superstar mid-sized duo (Lebron and Wade - the analog of Jordan and Pippen). Just like the Bulls, they have to compensate for a weak center with better perimeter defense (and offense). You may be right that the Heat are even more handicapped than the Bulls were. However, the league as a whole is also more handicapped at the present time, as there are no good centers on any team (except for Dwight Howard).

I disagree.

The NBA has changed, you can now play zone defense and the new rules have favored the guard & forward positions. Plus the Center position has evolved into a Forward-Center position.

But let's say you trade Chris Bosh for Aldridge of the Blazers, or Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, or Demarcus Cousins of Sac, or even Chandler of the Knicks. I would dare to say that Heats team would have had a better run of going over 27 wins.

Let's look at the Jordan years with Cartwright and Longley. The Bulls always tried to get their Centers involved early. Who do the Heat turn to for an offensive post up? Majority of the time it's James or finding a miss match.

Also keep in mind that James was able to help bring a Cavaliers team to the Finals, unbelievable but true.

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March 29, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Dude - what's your problem ? I basically agreed with what you said above, but instead of thanking me, you go off in a different direction. Your statements above were on the right track, but now you change directions and go to even more of an extreme viewpoint.It is a fact that the Bulls of the 90's barely used their centers for offense. Compared to the great centers of that era - Ewing, Hakeem, Robinson, etc - the Bulls had a gaping hole at the center position. Their centers were not up to par with these others. It's the same thing today with Lebron's team and the rest of the league. The Heat are weak at center compared to the rest of the league. The thing to keep in mind is that even if the Heat are even worse off than the Bulls of the 90's, the rest of the league has regressed at the center position as well. But relative to the rest of the league, the position of the team in question - now the Heat (back then, the Bulls) - is still the same.Even with the Bulls of the 90's, it was Jordan and Pippen who would do most of the post-up moves. Jordan would start each game as a shooting guard, but Phil would move him to the small forward position in the second half - that's a fact stated in the books about the Bulls.In both cases, the teams in question (Bulls, and now Heat) had to compensate by overplaying their strength (the mid-sized superstars) in order to compensate for their weakness.

I agree with most of what your saying but have to come to the defense of the Bulls center's you mentioned. I know they weren't world-beaters, but if you put Luc Longley in todays NBA, I think he's an All-Star reserve a couple of times. He was no slouch, and there is a serious lack of big men in the league.

March 29, 2013  08:50 AM ET

my favorite highlight is at 0:42

March 29, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Lucky win.

There was nothing lucky about it.

March 29, 2013  09:21 AM ET

The Lakers Still Own The Record, Bros.

March 29, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Dude - what's your problem ? I basically agreed with what you said above, but instead of thanking me, you go off in a different direction. Your statements above were on the right track, but now you change directions and go to even more of an extreme viewpoint.It is a fact that the Bulls of the 90's barely used their centers for offense. Compared to the great centers of that era - Ewing, Hakeem, Robinson, etc - the Bulls had a gaping hole at the center position. Their centers were not up to par with these others. It's the same thing today with Lebron's team and the rest of the league. The Heat are weak at center compared to the rest of the league. The thing to keep in mind is that even if the Heat are even worse off than the Bulls of the 90's, the rest of the league has regressed at the center position as well. But relative to the rest of the league, the position of the team in question - now the Heat (back then, the Bulls) - is still the same.Even with the Bulls of the 90's, it was Jordan and Pippen who would do most of the post-up moves. Jordan would start each game as a shooting guard, but Phil would move him to the small forward position in the second half - that's a fact stated in the books about the Bulls.In both cases, the teams in question (Bulls, and now Heat) had to compensate by overplaying their strength (the mid-sized superstars) in order to compensate for their weakness.

You can't argue with Franco-phobes. Sorry that's the last French joke I'll ever make.

March 29, 2013  11:21 AM ET

the bulls 2013 NBA champs!(for one regular season game)

March 29, 2013  01:13 PM ET

Good for the Bulls. When Miami's streak went into the 20's, it really became a target. Every team wanted the prize of stopping them, and it went to the Bulls.

That said, it is still an amazing effort, and probably the best thing for the Heat is that it was stopped so they can now rest players. One more game and they clinch the conference, so they have about 3 weeks to prepare for the playoffs, however they want to.

 
March 29, 2013  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

There was nothing lucky about it.

True that.
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That was an old-school, Detroit Piston type-of-win.....hard nosed, mush-mouth defense at it's best!

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