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Well, it’s over. After 27 games and 7½ weeks, the Miami Heat have finally lost a game. Last night in Chicago, the Bulls actually figured out how to stop this freight train, and it came to a halt just six wins shy of tying the all-time record of 33 straight wins set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat fell behind early last night, as they have done on several occasions in recent weeks. This time, however, the Bulls absolutely refused to allow any big plays that would change the momentum of the game.
Remember Miami’s game against Boston just ten days ago? Miami was down by 13 in the 2nd quarter when a steal by Dwyane Wade and subsequent alley-oop dunk by LeBron James reversed the entire momentum of the game. Well, on Wednesday night in Chicago, with Miami down by 13 points again, LeBron got the ball at center court with just Kirk Hinrich standing between him and the basket. So you’re thinking, okay, here comes the showtime dunk that changes the game. Well, not quite, as Hinrich decided that he was going to do anything necessary to prevent that from happening.
What did that “anything” turn out to be? Pretty much tackling LeBron James like an NFL linebacker.
Take a look:
And just for fun, here’s the GIF:
Yep. That’s pretty much the only way anyone was going to stop LeBron and the Heat. “Hack-a-LeBron” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Hack-a-Shaq,” but the principle is awfully similar.