Streak Busters

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By: Kenyatta Wright

Chicago Ill — It was just 2 weeks ago when the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s 27 game winning streak. The Heat’s streak was a streak that lasted for 2 months without a defeat. Win number 9 on the Heat’s streak was the Chicago Bulls, and their first loss ended the streak at 28 games, suffered at the hand of the shorthanded Bulls on March 27, 2013. Some would say the number 27 has some sort of significance as it relates to the Miami Heat’s winning streak. It ended at 27, and it ended on the 27th of March.

The banged up Bulls have been suffering injuries all season long. The Chicago Bulls await the much anticipated return of their All Star Derrick Rose, still recovering from Knee surgery, and they have had a number of various injuries to different players. Joakim Noah (Foot) Plantar Fasciitis, Rip Hamilton just recovered from the same injury, but despite the injuries, the Bulls continue to win huge games.

Thursday night at the United Center the Bulls were in familiar territory, as they had a chance to end the current winning streak of the New York Knicks at 13. In a game where there were 2 lead changes and three ties, the Knicks opened the game with a 23-6 lead, a 17 point deficit for the Bulls. The Bulls played most of the game from behind, until the third quarter, where the Bulls entered the quarter within five at halftime at 59-54. The Knicks at the beginning of the quarter went 11-4 run, leading 73-58.

Carmelo Anthony came out of the half on fire, but went cold down the stretch of the contest, as Nate Robinson, the former Knick, exploded for 35 points, including the 3 point bucket in the third to pull the Bulls within 2 at 82-80, which was the closest that the Bulls had been since the start of the game. The Bulls took the lead late in the fourth, but altered it as Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony hit two free throws after getting fouled by Jimmy Butler to tie the game, but missed a key shot to end the game with 1.5 seconds. The Bulls entered the O/T with a Nate Robinson layup and a foul, resulting in a three point lead and the Bulls won it in O/T. The Win makes the Bulls the second team in NBA history to end multiple streaks of 13 games, or more in a single season.

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Streak Busters