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Spurned by stars, Bulls sweep Heat

Losing streak at 4 as Miami falls late

Derrick Rose fueled Chicago’s comeback victory in Miami, scoring 27 points. Derrick Rose fueled Chicago’s comeback victory in Miami, scoring 27 points. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Associated Press / March 7, 2011

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Another final-second opportunity slipped away from the Miami Heat, and the Chicago Bulls — spurned last summer in their bids to land Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh — swept all three regular-season meetings from the team that signed them.

The Big 3? They’re No. 3 in the Eastern Conference, after Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Luol Deng capped an 18-point effort with two free throws on a debated play with 15.9 seconds remaining, and the Bulls beat Miami yesterday, 87-86, to hand the host Heat their fourth straight loss.

“The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games,’’ said Wade, who scored 20 points. “The world is better now because the Heat is losing.’’

Chicago became the fourth team since Feb. 24 to erase a double-digit deficit against the Heat.

James had a chance to win it on a drive with six seconds left, missing a contested shot. Wade’s desperation toss from the right baseline bounced away as time expired.

Those were the 12th and 13th consecutive shots that the Heat have missed with a chance to tie or lead a game in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime. James has missed four in this four-game losing streak alone.

“I told my team, ‘I’m not going to continue to fail late in games,’ ’’ James said.

Lakers 99, Spurs 83 — Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 21, and Los Angeles embarrassed San Antonio for its seventh consecutive victory, emphatically ending the Spurs’ franchise-record home win streak at 22 games.

What was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview was a blowout from the start. The Lakers trail the Spurs by 6 1/2 games, and coach Phil Jackson conceded before tipoff it was unlikely they’d catch up.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 14 points.

Hornets 96, Cavaliers 81 — Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher after sustaining a concussion in a road win by New Orleans.

The four-time All-Star lost the ball in the third quarter driving into the lane as he was defended by Ramon Sessions and Samardo Samuels. As Paul tried to retrieve the ball, he hit his forehead on Sessions’s right shoulder and fell to the court.

Paul, who was moving his legs and feet, was placed on a flat board and a brace was put on his neck. He was wheeled to the locker room and gave a thumbs-up as he left the court.

David West scored 23 points, and Paul had 13 points and 11 assists in 27 minutes.

Knicks 92, Hawks 79 — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, Landry Fields added 15, and New York easily won at Atlanta.

Carmelo Anthony, who was poked in the eye in the first quarter and later hit in the head, finished with 14 points, his lowest total since the Knicks acquired him.

76ers 125, Warriors 117 — Andre Iguodala had his second straight triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to help Philadelphia get an overtime home win over Golden State.

Pistons 113, Wizards 102 — Charlie Villanueva scored all 16 of his points in the second quarter, helping Detroit drop Washington to 1-29 on the road.

Thunder 122, Suns 118 — Russell Westbrook had 32 points and 11 assists, James Harden matched his career high with 26 points, and Oklahoma City overcame an off night by Kevin Durant to beat visiting Phoenix in overtime.

Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 103 — Zach Randolph made a high-arching 17-footer with 0.3 seconds left, helping Memphis erase an 18-point deficit and win in Dallas.

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