— CHICAGO (AP) — The streak is over. The big prize is still out there.
That's what mattered most to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
The Heat's bid for NBA history ended Wednesday night when their 27-game winning streak was snapped by the Chicago Bulls 101-97, setting off a raucous celebration inside United Center. Miami finished six shy of the 33-game record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
With 11 games remaining, there's no time for Miami to take another shot at the record. A big run in the postseason would seem to be a sure bet.
After all, that's what it's about for the Heat. It's been that way ever since James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami in the summer of 2010.
They delivered last season, capturing a championship, and are eyeing a repeat.
The record? It would have been a bonus.
What stood out about the streak?
"I just think the way we compete," James said. "How we are on and off the floor. ... Ultimately, we want to win the NBA championship."
The streak that began on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, came to an end despite his best efforts.
James tried to spur yet another comeback in the final minutes, getting mad after a rough foul. But the reigning MVP could never get the defending champions even, much less ahead, down the stretch.
Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat's run to a screeching halt.
Miami's superstar did all he could to keep it going, scoring 32 points and even collecting a flagrant foul during a physical final few minutes.
"We haven't had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did," James said. "We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that."