(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Losing game after game is nerve-racking, sure, but after a point, so is winning.
Seconds after the NBA's second-longest winning streak was history, LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates walked off the floor solemnly in single file, their mood seemingly as dark as their black road jerseys. But moments later, inside the locker room, it was a different story.
Players wore wry smiles while taping bags of ice to aching elbows, knees and feet. Those with both hands free wolfed down postgame meals from Styrofoam containers. Instead of the usual bravado about launching the next streak, or even promises about lessons learned, there was mostly relief.
One guy, though, refused to go along.
''We had everybody come in, put a hand on each other, and for the first time I mentioned the streak in front of the guys,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said after the Chicago Bulls' 101-97 win Wednesday night shut off the Heat streak at 27.