The Brooklyn Nets’ five-game winning streak was ended by the Chicago Bulls, who defeated them 118-95.
The Bulls outscored the Nets 42 points in the fourth quarter, halting their two-game winning streak and improving to 7-3. Kevin Durant had a game-high 38 points on a perfect 9-of-9 free-throw shooting night that included three triples, ten rebounds, and four assists.
The Bulls stacked up well Monday night, winning 118-95 with another outstanding fourth-quarter performance to improve to 7-3. In the fourth quarter, they outscored the Nets 42-17, making 14 of 22 points to pull away. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 28 points, and Ayo Dosunmu added 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench, energizing the United Center crowd.
In terms of the game, the Nets started Harden, Harris, Durant, Bruce Brown, and Blake Griffin for the eighth consecutive game. On Brooklyn’s end of the court, there were fatigued legs. Meanwhile, Chicago got off to a fast start. In the early stages of the game, the Bulls pushed the tempo and excelled on fast breaks.
The Nets had no answer for Zach LaVine, who led the Bulls’ offence with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting to put the Bulls up 35-27 after one quarter, with the Bulls shooting 65 per cent from the floor and outscoring the Nets 18-2 in the lane.
The league’s leading scorer had 25 points entering the final 12 minutes, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates in the third quarter as Harden and Aldridge cooled down. Despite his modest offensive contributions, DeAndre’ Bembry came up with a slew of crucial defensive stops in the waning minutes to enable Brooklyn to enter the fourth quarter with a tenuous 78-76 lead. Despite all the efforts, the Nets except KD did not step up and the Bulls took away the win home.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 9, 2021