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  1. Quotes, reactions from Heat, Bulls as streak comes to end

    Mar 28, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls; Butler leaps in the air after making a three-point basket against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    It was a dramatic and — thanks to the fans at the United Center — loud end in Chicago to the Heat’s 27-game winning streak on Wednesday night. Here are the reactions from the players in the game as well as around the league. LeBron James “We had a moment. Just very fortunate, very humbled,…

  2. Heat’s win streak ended against their toughest foe

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Mohammed pressures Miami Heat's James during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Miami Heat’s 27-game win streak was an incredible run – an uncanny mix of skill and timing. Let’s start with the timing. Since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces, there are certain teams the Heat have owned. They’re a combined 59-0 against the Nets, Bobcats, Rockets, Timberwolves, 76ers, Suns, Kings and…

  3. LeBron picks up a flagrant foul after lowering the shoulder on a Caros Boozer screen (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a call during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    As an isolated incident, this play where LeBron James decided to intentionally drop his shoulder and plow into a screen-setting Carlos Boozer doesn’t have much meaning. But given the point of the game when this occurred, and the fact that James was the one initiating the contact, it spoke volumes. With under four minutes remaining…

  4. Kirk Hinrich rips ball out of Bosh’s hands to help seal win (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich, Chris Bosh

    There were still a couple of minutes left in the game when this happened — there would be yet another push from the Heat — but this was the moment that it hit me this was really going to happen and the Heat had no miracle comeback this time: LeBron James missed a little step-back…

  5. Bulls put an end to Heat’s 27-game winning streak

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Heat weren’t expecting to see their 27-game winning streak snapped in Chicago on Wednesday, due to the Bulls being shorthanded and playing without Joakim Noah, Rip Hamilton, and Marco Belinelli due to injury. But that’s the thing about winning streaks, and it’s also the reason that the NBA record of 33 straight wins set…

  6. David Lee assessed a retroactive flagrant foul for elbow that caused Dwight Howard to need stitches

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, David Lee

    Dwight Howard wasn’t at all pleased with David Lee following the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors on Monday, and it’s because of a play from Lee (seen in the video clip above) that caused Howard some discomfort. Howard was on the receiving end of an elbow from Lee, and to add insult to the injury,…

  7. Phil Jackson joins twitter, wants you to know he has rings

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    When Phil Jackson would speak — before a game, after, in a separate interview — everyone read between the lines looking for his real meaning. Now we’re all going to do the same thing 140 characters at a time. Phil Jackson has joined twitter. And in a few hours had almost 75,000 followers. And his…

  8. Mavericks invite barber to Thursday’s potential break even game

    Mar 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Back in February the Dallas Mavericks made a pact — they would grow beards until the team reached .500. It’s taken longer than expected and while some players jumped off the bandwagon a few — led by Dirk Nowitzki himself — have stayed true to the spirit of it. He’s shaggy. But that could change…

  9. Marc Gasol returns, will play Wednesday for Grizzlies

    Mar 27, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol

    UPDATE 7:12 pm: Well, that was fast — Marc Gasol is going to return to the Grizzlies lineup Wednesday night as they take on the Knicks in New York. Gasol knows his own body. But ab injuries like this can linger, he shouldn’t push it. Hopefully there isn’t a setback. This could be trouble for…

  10. Markieff Morris and Bill Self urged Suns to trade for Marcus Morris

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Psychological analytics is one of the next waves of in the NBA, and right now, analysts are collecting data to better predict which players will hold up (or even improve) under pressure, when players will develop chemistry and how players can be motivated. Whichever teams turn that data into useful information will have a huge…

  11. Rockets broadcaster’s parents killed in car crash

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    This is just terrible news. The parents of Rockets play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman have died in an auto accident in Sugar Land, Texas (a suburb of Houston). The team made the announcement and KHOU television had the details (hat tip to Royce Young and Eye on Basketball): Gerald Ackerman and Bonnie Ackerman, both 66, were…

  12. Joe Johnson out tonight and maybe more

    Mar 27, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, DeShawn Stevenson

    Joe Johnson (quadriceps) will miss the Nets game at Portland tonight and maybe Brooklyn’s three games after that, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post. Johnson didn’t play in the Nets win over the Suns on Sunday, either. At this point in the season, it’s tough to differentiate between significant injuries and injuries…

  13. World Peace to have knee surgery, out six weeks

    Mar 27, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 4:28 pm: Metta World Peace will have surgery on his left knee Thursday and is expected to be out at least six weeks, tweets Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. That would have the Lakers starting small forward and team +/- leader (among regulars) out until the first weeks of May. Which means if you think…

  14. Dwyane Wade will suit up, play against Bulls Wednesday

    Mar 27, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Well, one superstar will be back on the court Wednesday. After missing a couple games resting a sore knee, Dwyane Wade will be back Wednesday night in Chicago when the Heat go for win 28 in a row against the Bulls. Dwyane Wade said "I'll give it a go" tonight against the Bulls. Wade went…

  15. Mike Woodson wants Knicks to end Heat’s streak

    Mar 27, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Next Tuesday night, on national television, the New York Knicks will travel to Miami to take on the Heat. If they win their next three games — which is no easy task and includes at San Antonio Sunday — the Heat will be at 30-consecutive wins when New York faces them. Just three games off…

  16. Rose not returning for Heat game. Fine. But it’s time for him to make a call.

    Mar 27, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose takes a break on the bench during the warm up before the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago

    It shouldn’t be a surprise after he missed the first 69 games this season, but because it would have been a dramatic return some people were holding out hope: Derrick Rose will not play against the Miami Heat Wednesday. Rose confirmed that speaking with the media after shootaround. DRose, on missing Heat: "Every game is…

  17. Dwyane Wade says Chicago never fully embraced him

    Mar 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is a Chicago guy, born and raised. Well, he seems himself that way. But he went to high school at Richards High in Oak Lawn, Ill., almost half an hour outside the city’s core. He played his high school ball in the suburbs. So the city never embraced him as one of their…

  18. Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade star in new Gatorade ad (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant (R) of the Oklahoma City Th

    It’s not the best ad Gatorade has ever done, but it’s still pretty darn good. It certainly sticks with Gatorade’s “we help you work harder” theme. The glory of working out in the offseason. And that’s a scenario at the rim we certainly could see come the NBA finals.

  19. Knicks have strange habit of starting players and then barely playing them

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Chris Copeland

    The Knicks, as pointed out by Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal, often start players like James White and Kurt Thomas and then give them very few minutes. Herring uses a couple different benchmarks – five or fewer minutes, fewer than 16 minutes – but, either way, the Knicks lead the league by a…

  20. J.R. Smith drains buzzer-beating 30 footer (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    You know it’s going to be your kind of night when… J.R. Smith had it going Tuesday night — 32 points on 24 shots to help power the Knicks win over the Celtics — but you know he has it going when the notoriously streaky shooter (if you believe in such things) knocked this one…

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