Their winning streak finally over, the Miami Heat did on Thursday what they had planned to do all along.
They took the day off.
While the circus atmosphere around the team may slow down now - until the playoffs start, anyway - the way the reigning NBA champions go about their business over the final 11 games of the regular season probably will not. Miami's epic, historic, sometimes-mindboggling 27-game winning streak ended with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, and Heat guard Dwyane Wade was among those sounding absolutely relieved afterward.
''It really didn't matter to us,'' Wade said. ''If you get it, it's awesome. If you don't, we still won 27 games in a row. That's pretty awesome. So, we really weren't like, `We've got to get that record.' Not at all. And now that it's over, I'm glad it's over.''
Next up: Friday night at New Orleans, where the Heat will try to return to their winning ways.
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