Tip-Off for 3/28/13 (featuring Salt N’ Pepa): The Chicago Bulls band together to end the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak 101-97

(NY Times)

The Bulls employed a no layup rule against the free wheeling Heat.

The Chicago Bulls were without Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton and Rocco Belinelli heading into their highly anticipated meeting against the Miami Heat. The Bulls employed a physical game plan against the Heat — hitting the boards and anyone who entered the paint was paramount for the undermanned Bulls. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer combined for 49 points and Nate Robinson was key as a reserve in Chicago’s 101-97 victory over the Miami Heat. The loss stopped Miami seven games shy of the NBA’s all-time mark for consecutive wins.

Hawks 107 – Raptors 88 – Al Horford led the visiting Hawks with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 19 points. The Raptors have now lost five straight games.

76ers 100 – Bucks 92 – Philadelphia held Milwaukee to 41 percent shooting — while hitting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Spencer Hawes grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds for the 76ers. Monta Ellis led Milwaukee with a game-high 29 points.

Bobcats 114 – Magic 108 – Orlando fizzled after an explosive first quarter. Gerald Henderson scored a game-high 34 points for Charlotte. Tobias Harris scored 29 points for the Magic — who are now losers of eight in a row.

Celtics 93 – Cavaliers 92 – Jeff Green’s driving layup as time expired snapped the Celtics five-game losing streak. Brandon Bass led Boston with a season-high 22 points. Wayne Ellington led Cleveland with 19 points.

Knicks 108 – Grizzlies 101 – Memphis rallied back from an 18-point halftime deficit, but fell short in the end. J.R. Smith led New York with 35 points. Mike Conley had 26 points and 6 assists for the visiting Grizzlies. The Knicks have now won six in a row.

Bulls 101 – Heat 97 – Luol Deng scored 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago. The Bulls won the rebounding battle 43-31. LeBron James led Miami with 32 points and 7 rebounds.

Clippers 105 – Hornets 91 – Los Angeles led New Orleans to 16 points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 24 points.

Pacers 100 – Rockets 91 – Indiana used a big first quarter to jump-start their night. Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 28 points and 13 rebounds. James Harden led Houston with 22 points and 8 assists.

Thunder 103 – Wizards 80 – The Wizards shot 32 percent for the game, scoring no more than 23 points in a quarter. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 21 points and Kevin Durant added six assists. John Wall led Washington with 18 points and 12 assists.

Lakers 120 – T-Wolves 117 – Dwight Howard scored 25 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 31 points. Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with 19 points and 16 boards.

Spurs 100 – Nuggets 99 – The Nuggets have now lost consecutive games after winning 15 in a row. The Spurs were 10-15 from beyond the arc. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points and 14 boards. JaVale McGee led Denver with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Jazz 103 – Suns 88 – Utah won back-to-back games for the first time in over a month. Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points each. Wesley Johnson led Phoenix with 22 points.

Kings 105 – Warriors 98 – The Kings won their first road game of the season against a team with a winning record. Isaiah Thomas scored 31 points, connecting on seven three-pointers. David Lee led Golden State with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Nets 111 – Trail Blazers 93 – It was a career night for Reggie Evans — who matched his career-high with 22 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Brooklyn’s victory. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points.

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Happy 46th Birthday Cheryl “Salt” James!

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