LeBron-less Heat lose third straight

Missing LeBron James for the second straight game, the Miami Heat fell to the Chicago Bulls 99-96 in the Windy City on Saturday. It's their third straight loss and their first 3-game losing streak since November 20-24.

In their last three games, opponents have outscored the Heat by an average of 12.3 points per game. All three losses to the Clippers, Nuggets and Bulls have come on the road. Prior to Wednesday's loss to the Clippers, the Heat had not lost a road game since November 27th at Dallas, a streak of 13 wins.

The Heat led by five at halftime Saturday, but allowed the Bulls to go on a 17-0 run to start the second half. Chicago is the fifth team to beat both the Lakers and Heat this season joining the Jazz, Nuggets, Grizzlies and Pacers.

Meanwhile, LeBron's former team the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle losing to the Nuggets 127-99 on Saturday. Cleveland has lost 23 of its last 24 games including 13 straight. Fifteen of those 23 losses have come by double digits.

FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Nuggets took an 80-49 halftime lead over the Cavaliers before easing to a 127-99 win on Saturday night. It was the highest first-half points total in the NBA in the last season and a half, but still a far piece from the NBA record. On Nov. 10, 1990, Paul Westhead’s run-and-gun Nuggets scored 67 first-half points—and went to the locker room trailing by 40 points! That’s right, the Suns led at halftime that night, 107-67, en route to a 173-143 victory.