Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Chicago Bulls (16-8) play against the Brooklyn Nets (7-7) at Barclays Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Saturday December 4, 2021

Chicago Bulls 111, Brooklyn Nets 107 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sean Highkin @highkin
This Blazers team has a very 2015-16 Bulls feel to me. Management thought changing the coach alone would fix everything but in reality this group has just been together a couple years too long and it had grown toxic. – 12:50 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
BOSTON CELTICS – MOST POINTS
(Last 30 years)
150 – Vs. Washington, November, 1992
149 – Vs. Brooklyn, August, 2020
145 – Vs. Minnesota, April, 2021
145 – @ Portland, Tonight – 12:24 AM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
“We’re just going to keep coming,”DeMar DeRozan
There’s a collective mental toughness with these Bulls, stretching from DeRozan to 15th man.
It’s a big reason why they sit where they sit—-and think there’s room for improvement.
For ⁦@NBCSChicago⁩: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…12:17 AM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
This kid is from CHICAGO @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/RlCsry0DKz12:11 AM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
In a short period of time AK has transformed this roster with competitive , winning players. Through setbacks, obstacles and injuries these @bulls are resilient. – 12:07 AM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Bulls vs. Nets takeaways: DeMar DeRozan continues to be clutch, Kevin Durant’s play not enough to beat Chicago
By: @JasmynWimbish
cbssports.com/nba/news/bulls…12:06 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics now 17-19 from the free throw line, 39-41 the last two nights. They’re over 82% for the year, just behind Chicago for the NBA lead.
Enes Freedom missed a free throw late in the 2nd, ending the Celtics’ streak of 34 straight, dating back to the 2nd quarter on Wednesday. – 11:52 PM
Alex Caruso @ACFresh21
Two big team WINS in NYC.. Back to the CHI !! Go 🐂🐂🐂!! – 11:45 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
A great night. Bulls win and Michigan sends a strong message to the CFB committee why they’re the best team in the country. @UMichFootball11:42 PM
Troy Brown @Troy_Brown33
Good road trip 🙏🏾‼️ – 11:18 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Billy Donovan cautioned it’s just “one game in mid-December,” but what a helluva one game! Bulls come back from lethargic first half to beat the Nets for a second time this season. Super team that!
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/12/…11:16 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
DeMar DeRozan on his fourth-quarter takeovers:
“In my mind, it’s just win. Whatever it takes to go out there and win. My mindset just shifts and just doing whatever, not thinking about failure. Not thinking about missing shots. Everything is just about being aggressive and win.” – 11:13 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan on his 4th-quarter performances: “My mind is just win. Whatever it takes. My mindset just shifts. Doing whatever. Not thinking about failure. Not thinking about missing shots. Everything is about being aggressive and winning.” – 11:07 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
All 6 games tonight are rest-advantage games. Teams that didn’t play last night (CHI, MEM, MIL & SAS) are 4-0 so far.
POR has climbed out of a big hole. SAC up 6 at the half on the Clips.
Rest-advantage teams are 52-31 (.627) this season. Would be best mark of last 8 years. – 11:07 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Paul Millsap acknowledges that when the Nets play elite teams, they tend to get exposed on the things that they are still trying to figure out. – 11:05 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Paul Millsap says in order for the Nets to get to where they want to be and be the last team standing, they have to play “collectively more together.” – 11:04 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He can’t blame himself, it’s a team effort — At the end of the day, it’s a team sport.”
⁃Paul Millsap on James Harden blaming himself for the loss. – 11:04 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Paul Millsap admits that he wants the Nets to be an elite team. – 11:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Paul Millsap says,
“It’s like once we got something going right, another thing comes that we have to figure out.” – 11:02 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
DeMar DeRozan on his mentality in crunch-time: “My mind is just win. Win. Whatever it takes.
“Not thinking about failure. Not thinking about missing shots. Just win.” – 10:57 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Asked about James Harden blaming the loss on himself, Kevin Durant says put the blame his way. “I should have made more shots. That would have took the pressure off of him.” – 10:54 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant: “I should have made more shots. That would have taken pressure off of (James Harden).” – 10:54 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I should’ve made more shots, I would’ve took pressure off of him.”
⁃Kevin Durant on James Harden’s shooting performance. – 10:53 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“We didn’t take advantage of being up 9-10 points — That’s what happens when you got elite scorers like (Zach) LaVine and (DeMar) DeRozan.” – 10:52 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant admits the Nets have to go out there with some force and confidence. – 10:51 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
We appreciate you listening. We know many of you were locked in on college football tonight so having the radio on means so much to us. Thank you. @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy Up next @UnitedCenter Monday @nuggets 6:45 pre. – 10:51 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They made timely shots, we didn’t.”
⁃Kevin Durant on the loss to the Chicago Bulls. – 10:51 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Ayo Dosunmu: “One thing I love about Coach Donovan is he shows so much tough love to me.” – 10:49 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Players’ postgame media availability after tonight’s win over the Nets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Will the real James Harden please stand up? nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…10:44 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan: “We’ve gotta be better than we were tonight.”
Went on to laud second-half adjustments, DeRozan/LaVine’s shotmaking and team’s competitive spirit. But says Bulls are searching for more consistency, and that tonight was a game of two halves – 10:40 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Time to celebrate. ⁦@Chicago Bulls⁩ win in Brooklyn. ⁦@670TheScore⁩ ⁦@Audacy⁩ ⁦@Chicago Bulls⁩ radio network pic.twitter.com/K4JIDbEwEs10:36 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan says Bulls medical staff pulled Alex Caruso from game after first-quarter stint because they didn’t like the way he was moving with hamstring strain – 10:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden says,
“All these games are building our character and building our togetherness.” – 10:35 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden shot 5-of-21 from the field tonight: “My paint finishes weren’t at a high level, and I feel like that’s the reason we lost.” – 10:35 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Billy Donovan says the Bulls medical team didn’t like how they saw Alex Caruso (hamstring) moving so they decided to take him out of the game. – 10:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden admits his paint finishes weren’t at a high level. – 10:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“Confident in his shot and taking advantage of his mismatches — We’re going to need that.”
⁃James Harden on Paul Millsap’s performance tonight. – 10:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden wants the team to keep their head up following the loss. – 10:33 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Bulls postgame media availability after tonight’s win over the Nets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:32 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Ayo Dosunmu with a game-best plus-16 – 10:32 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
PUT SOME RESPECT ON DEMAR DEROZAN’S NAME. pic.twitter.com/SQUkIEgHF310:32 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
“Blame this on me.”- James Harden
Said he missed a lot of easy shots that could have changed the game. – 10:31 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden says,
“I blame this on me. I had a lot of opportunities at the rim and didn’t convert.” – 10:31 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden: “Blame this one on me.” – 10:31 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They’re a disappointed group. They wanted to win. They had the hunger.”
⁃Steve Nash on how the Nets felt after the loss. – 10:28 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash points out how the Nets had 25 more shots than Chicago. Usually they’re on the other end of that. But the Bulls shot roughly 20 more foul shots than the Nets. – 10:27 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash praises Paul Millsap for doing a little bit of everything this game. – 10:27 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash says,
“I feel for our guys (Nets), they played the right way — I’m proud of the guys’ effort.” – 10:23 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
KINGS OF THE FOURTH IN NEW YORK. pic.twitter.com/SowgqJ9suU10:22 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Bulls 111, Nets 107.
Impressive road win by the Bulls.
Zach LaVine: 31/8/6
DeMar DeRozan: 29/6/3
Ayo Dosunmu: 11/3
The Bulls are now 16-8 and, with one meeting remaining with Brooklyn, have secured the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Nets – 10:20 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
The Bulls are so incredibly BACK! 🅱️🅰️🅱️👀🔴 – 10:20 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Bulls 111, Nets 107
LaVine: 31 pts, 6 ast, 11-13 FT
DeRozan: 29 pts (13 in Q4)
Ayo: 11 pts, 2 blk off the bench
Lonzo: 8-9-7, 3 blk, 2 stl, dagger 3
Impressive win for 16-8 Bulls, who played without Javonte Green and only got 8 mins from banged-up Alex Caruso – 10:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That was a good win for the Bulls. They’re tough. – 10:20 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Leaving Ne York, Ne York with TWO W’s! pic.twitter.com/Rw7arM1IS710:20 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Big win for the shorthanded Bulls, and an even bigger night for Ayo Dosunmu — 11 points, two blocks, hit a free throw to set up the two-possession lead with 9.3 seconds left. He showed up everywhere the Bulls needed him tonight. – 10:19 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Bulls, down both their starting power forward (Javonte Green) and his replacement (Alex Caruso) get a big win in Brooklyn over the Nets. Zach LaVine has 31 and DeMar DeRozan 29 for Chicago, while Kevin Durant had 28 and 10 for Brooklyn. – 10:19 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN. pic.twitter.com/oFvh1h4jeg10:19 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Bulls bottle up the Nets on the game’s final possession to seal a 111-107 win at Barclays Center. Bulls now 0-2 against the Nets this season, though both games were 2nd of a back-to-back. – 10:18 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
FINAL: Nets 107, Bulls 111
Kevin Durant (26 PTS, 9 REBS), LaMarcus Aldridge (20 PTS, 6 REBS), James Harden (14 PTS, 12 ASTS) & the Nets went down to the wire with Chicago. Despite Brooklyn attempting 23 more shots, Lonzo Ball (8 PTS) connected on a timely three to seal the deal. – 10:18 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets fall to the Bulls 111-107 despite five guys in double-figures. Elite teams remain the Nets’ white whale. James Harden struggled mightily. Bruce Brown, too. Kevin Durant was huge down the stretch per usual. Brooklyn now heads to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Detroit. – 10:18 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 111, Nets 107
Bulls clinch season series and move to within 1/2 game of Eastern Conference lead
LaVine 31 pts, 8 rebs, 6 assists
DeRozan 29 pts (13 in 4th), 6 rebs
Dosunmu 11 off bench for very shorthanded team and hits big FT late
Durant 28 pts – 10:18 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Lonzo hit em with the Curry pic.twitter.com/aYBxPdProj10:13 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
DeRozan performing surgery all night and voluntarily defers to LaVine and Lonzo for the most important possessions of the game. both result in points. just immaculate vibes. – 10:13 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Lonzo Ball was so joyful after that 3-pointer dropped to pull the Bulls ahead by 5. His shot behind the arc hasn’t been falling like usual in New York, but Ball still had the confidence to take the potential finisher. – 10:13 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Man it’s hard to overstate how great DeRozan was in the 4Q of this Bulls-Nets game. Feels like he’s gone up a level in every sense. What a season for him. – 10:13 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Lonzo Ball with a possible dagger 3. And of course, it comes off a feed from DeRozan, who has been fantastic crushing New York (the Knicks and the Nets) in the past two fourth quarters. Bulls up five and 16.9 seconds away from victory – 10:13 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Ball dagger … best Bulls win of the year – hands down. Had a ton working against them and played like warrior poets. – 10:12 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Lonzo Ball drills a wide open 3 before looking back at the fans right behind him to give Bulls a 110-105 lead over the Nets with 16.9 seconds left. – 10:12 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Lonzo Ball just knocked down a wide-open 3 to give the Bulls a 110-105 lead with 16.9 second to go, then turned and made a pose to a courtside fan before the Nets called a timeout. – 10:12 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Nets converged on DeMar DeRozan, expecting him to go for the game-winning shot. Instead, he kicked it out to Lonzo Ball, who had all the time in the world – and took advantage of it.
Bulls 110, Nets 105, 16.9 seconds left. – 10:12 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
ZACH LAVINE WITH THE BODY CONTROL.
@NBCSChicago | @Zach LaVine pic.twitter.com/ZWsJLQys6L10:12 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
GIMME THE HOT SAUCE ZO!!!!! – 10:12 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kevin Durant moves past Ray Allen. Next to pass is New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing. pic.twitter.com/lxijWyZISm10:12 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant with a 3. Nets down two with 35 seconds left and counting. – 10:11 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Rough shooting night for James Harden, who is now 5-for-21 overall and 4-for-16 on 2-point shots. – 10:10 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Bruce Brown layup and the foul. He needed that one. – 10:09 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
DeMar DeRozan absolutely eats teams alive in the fourth quarter – 10:08 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
This is going to be a really fun final few minutes in Brooklyn. Chicago has a three-point lead, plus the ball, and it’s going to be DeRozan/LaVine vs. Harden/Durant. – 10:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden gets a layup. It’s 101-98 Bulls with 4:12 left. – 10:03 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
COMPTON’S IN THE HOUSE.
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/qPCEnXzY2a10:03 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Durant and DeRozan are just firing contested mid-range jumpers off from the hip against each other right now and every single one is wet. absolutely love to see it. death to dunks and threes only. – 10:02 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
With 4:35 left to play in Brooklyn, the Bulls lead the Nets 98-96. #LeaguePassAlert10:01 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
So many awesome Ayo Dosunmu moments tonight – 10:01 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
And I repeat – Ayo is a weapon that is stifled when he has to share minutes with Coby White. – 10:01 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Another one.
@Kevin Durant has passed Ray Allen for 24th on the all-time scoring list 📈 pic.twitter.com/VJ0EQLflPG10:01 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
With 23 points, Kevin Durant (24,507 points) has moved past Ray Allen (24,505 points) into 24th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Via @BKN_NETSPR10:01 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Bulls-Nets is turning into a wildly entertaining shotmaking contest. Definite league pass alert. – 10:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
From @BKN_NETSPR: With 23 points, Kevin Durant (24,507 points) has moved past Ray Allen (24,505 points) into 24th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Next up: Patrick Ewing (24,815 points). – 10:01 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Score of the 4th quarter the last time the Nets & Bulls played (w/ Brooklyn on the 2nd night of a b2b): Bulls 42, Nets 17.
Score of the 4th quarter so far tonight (Brooklyn on 2nd night of a b2b): Bulls 13, Nets 4. – 9:58 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
It’s now a 13-4 run for the Bulls since the start of the fourth quarter, as Chicago leads Brooklyn 92-86. Bulls trying to match what the Suns did last week and sweep the two local teams (though not on a b2b) – 9:58 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Nets now have a situation … Bulls hung around, hung around, check, check, check…and finally figured out the Oreo cookie tell! Bulls up 92-86 with 7 min left. – 9:57 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Bulls up 92-86 with 6:59 left. Nets struggling to make the easy ones tonight and it’s caught up with them. Tough night for James Harden. He’s shot 4-for-18. Timeout Steve Nash. – 9:56 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: First Zach LaVine hit a fading side-step 3, then DeMar DeRozan hits a turnaround fadeaway shot to give the Bulls a 92-86 lead with 6:59 to go in the 4th quarter. James Harden has 10 points on 4/18 FG. – 9:56 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Win or lose, this is one tough performance by the Bulls. – 9:55 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
These Bulls, man. – 9:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic just checked in. This one’s about to get crazy – 9:54 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Zo is taking cookies out here 🍪
@NBCSChicago | @Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/Oq42kIJfpF9:52 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Bulls retake a one-point lead with 9:23 remaining – 9:52 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls take just second lead of game. Also led 47-46. – 9:52 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Couldn’t keep up with that sequence. Cam Thomas blocked at the rim, then Patty Mills ran it down to steal it back as the Bulls looked to push and then it lost me. – 9:49 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
What time of mayhem is going on here? Get Kevin Durant in the game now 🤣 – 9:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Chaos like a middle school game just broke out in Bulls-Nets! – 9:49 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
They just showed someone on the Jumbotron here at Barclays Center with Kevin Durant’s face shaved into their head. People are strange. – 9:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Some fan went all Professor Quirrell over here and has Kevin Durant’s face shaved into the back of his head. – 9:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Bulls starting the 4th quarter in a full-court press – 9:45 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
12 more minutes. Let’s go.
Zach LaVine: 24 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast
DeMar DeRozan: 16 pts, 4 reb pic.twitter.com/lwld6L63rT9:45 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Ayo is nice with it!
@NBCSChicago | @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/42Yim0gEVn9:43 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
END OF Q4: Nets 82, Bulls 79
This one’s starting to pick up entering the 4th quarter. It’s where a chess match meets a slugfest. Nets getting a well-rounded effort from several players while Bulls led by LaVine, DeRozan and Vooch. Going to be a fun 4th quarter. – 9:43 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Nets lead the Bulls 82-79. Paul Millsap goes the distance for a buzzer-beating layup. He’s got 13. Durant has 19. Nets have five guys in double-figures. Can the Nets avoid another ugly fourth like they had the last time against Chicago? – 9:43 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Millsap takes 6 steps and hits the shot at the horn. Bulls only down three going into the fourth, and just lurking. – 9:43 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 82, Bulls 79
Kevin Durant (19 PTS, 8 REBS), LaMarcus Aldridge (14 PTS) & the Nets have attempted 20 more shots than the Bulls. The turnovers have been limited and the defense has been solid for Brooklyn, but they keep sending Chicago to the stripe (13-20 FT). – 9:43 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls are minus-11 on the boards, down 19-2 in second-chance points, just 13-20 from the line, playing without Javonte Green and Alex Caruso . . .
. . . and trail by 3 entering the 4th. – 9:42 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
the league’s top three-point shooter is at it again 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/rhaqOiDiur9:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
KD just made a great pass to get his big an easy layup. It made me think all the way back to his rookie year in Seattle (come back soon Sonics!) when P.J. Carlesimo regularly played him as the primary ballhandler. PJ said back then “It might be a mess but good for in long-term.” – 9:40 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
A couple of offensive rebounds nets the #Bucks five quick points and it’s 18-point lead with 8:52 to go in the third. – 9:38 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tony Bradley sighting.
Donovan trying plenty tonight on a night Bulls very shorthanded. – 9:37 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
That one had some air under it ↗️↗️↗️ pic.twitter.com/PdOFOYgt7u9:37 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Bit of a slugfest here in Brooklyn, with the Nets leading 73-68 late in the third. Chicago is surviving without Alex Caruso, and managing to hang around. Like Thursday’s game at MSG, virtually all the scoring is coming from LaVine-Vucevic-DeRozan (46 of the 68 points) – 9:35 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
GREAT DEFENSE ON HARDEN BY ZO.
@NBCSChicago | @Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/WbwvNYpKqQ9:33 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This Nets jersey and court combo is way up there near the best in the NBA. I love the shade of blue for the jerseys. – 9:33 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
This is a great dig and recover from Lonzo Ball. Helps get the ball out of Durant’s hands, then stops on a dime on the Harden closeout. pic.twitter.com/4ZxbXG0wpu9:33 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Off one leg, like it’s easy or something pic.twitter.com/wOk289xDFe9:29 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Season-high 17 second-chance points for the Nets so far tonight. – 9:23 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
After starting 1-7, Durant is 5 for his last 7 . . . which is probably why he’s leading the league in scoring. – 9:18 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
DJ Jr. and his anti-gravity boots starts the second half for Caruso. – 9:17 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Derrick Jones Jr. gets 2nd half start. – 9:16 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
The latest on Javonte Green, Coby White, Alex Caruso, and DeRozan talks the fight of this team …
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/12/…9:12 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Intermission.
DeMar DeRozan: 14 pts, 4 reb
Zach LaVine: 11 pts pic.twitter.com/JpqVXNQzuh9:04 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 56, Bulls 52
Kevin Durant (12 PTS, 5-13 FG), Paul Millsap (11 PTS, 5 REBS) & the Nets continue to dominate on the glass. They have have 13 second chance points and Bruce Brown has a game-high 11 boards already. Still, Durant has not found his rhythm from the field. – 9:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Nets lead the Bulls 56-52. Durant with 12. The supporting cast has stepped up nicely. Brooklyn is up 11 on the boards, which is a good sign. James Harden just 4-for-12 shooting on the night. – 9:02 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Halftime: Nets 56, Bulls 52
DeRozan: 14 pts, 4 reb
LaVine: 11 pts, 4 ast
Vucevic: 9 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast
Durant has 12, Millsap has 11 and Harden has 10 for Brooklyn – 9:02 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
HALF: Nets 56, Bulls 52
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have combined for 25 points, but 11 point off the bench from Paul Millsap lifted the Nets in the first half. – 9:01 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Nets 56, Bulls 52 at half
DeRozan 14 pts, 4 rebs
LaVine 11 pts, 4 assists
Vucevic 9 pts, 4 rebs
Durant 12 pts
Millsap 11 pts
Harden 10 pts
Bulls are 5-11 from FT line and without Green and now Caruso. – 9:01 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Bulls say Alex Caruso won’t return with a hamstring injury. He was a gametime decision because of it before ultimately starting. Tough hit for Chicago, which is already down Javonte Green due to COVID. Nets lead 56-52 at half. – 9:00 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Bruce Brown: Board Crasher
11 rebounds already for @Bruce Brown 👏 pic.twitter.com/204Z91GbBx9:00 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Alex Caruso (right hamstring) is OUT for the remainder of the game against Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/ZGwF58iUI29:00 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Alex Caruso is out for the rest of the game due to that right hamstring strain. Scored 6 points and picked up a steal and a rebound in 8 minutes tonight, but visibly favored that right leg. – 9:00 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Bulls say Alex Caruso is out for the rest of the game. Played through hamstring strain for eight first-quarter minutes – 8:59 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Caruso is out – hamstring wouldn’t hold up. – 8:59 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Caruso is out, per Bulls PR. – 8:59 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Bruce Brown has a season-high 11 rebounds tonight. The 11 rebounds are the most he’s had in any half of his career. – 8:59 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Caruso not on the bench. Ruh-uh. – 8:54 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
2nd chance points:
Nets 13, Bulls 0 – 8:53 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Caruso hasn’t come back since he checked out at 4:01 mark of 1st. Has sat for span of full quarter with 4 minutes left in half. As mentioned previously, seemed to be favoring his sore hamstring and grimaced as he ran downcourt once. Don’t see him on bench either. – 8:52 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Harden is still getting to the rim but he’s having much more trouble finishing at the rim, a trend that seems to be continuing tonight. pic.twitter.com/cByJM0nqeb8:50 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
If Aldridge would have picked the Bulls? Damn! – 8:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Rakim is in the house for Nets vs. Bulls – 8:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout Steve Nash: The Bulls have tied this game at 42-apiece with 6:48 to go in the 3rd quarter. Chicago is on a 7-0 run. Their pace is something the Nets will have to get adjusted to. – 8:46 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Brooklyn has attempted 13 more shots than Chicago, buts it’s not enough. They trail the Bulls by 1. – 8:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Vucevic, who the Nets did a good job defending the last time they saw the Bulls, hits a 3 to tie the game at 42. Nash calls timeout with 6:48 left in the first half. – 8:45 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Vooch knocks down a 3-pointer in transition to level things up 32-32. Bulls beginning to get comfortable in this one after a rocky defensive start. – 8:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Bulls push that ball up the floor before the Nets know what’ds happening – 8:43 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
You can see why Artūras Karnišovas pursued Paul Millsap. – 8:42 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Former Net Alize Johnson getting some run for the Bulls. – 8:42 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Early in the second quarter, in a game featuring Kevin Durant, James Harden, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan, the leading scorer – with 11 points – is … Paul Millsap. – 8:40 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
There it is. Paul Millsap with his season-high 11th point, which has come in just six minutes. He’s shot 5-for-6. Wonder if he winds up with James Johnson’s minutes. – 8:39 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Paul Millsap’s got 11 points and 4 rebounds in 5 minutes off the bench. – 8:38 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Paul Millsap out here hitting turnaround fadeaway shots – 8:37 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
The Nets held a contest for a fan to identify pop culture figures. The contestant whiffed on Adam Sandler, Norm Macdonald, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner. Had @Howard Beck and @Mike Vorkunov been here, they might not think I’m as uncultured as the rest of my generation. – 8:37 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
12 minutes in.
Zach LaVine: 8 points
Alex Caruso: 6 points pic.twitter.com/k3uvkBxMpa8:35 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Nets lead the Bulls 34-28. Great quarter for Brooklyn. Just two turnovers, and outscored the Bulls in the paint (12-2), the fast break (6-3). second chance (5-0) and bench (9-3). Bembry leads the Nets with eight, Millsap with seven. – 8:34 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets 34, Bulls 28 after Q1
Encouraging that the Nets lead despite just a 1-of-7 shooting quarter from Kevin Durant. Paul Millsap has 7 off the bench and DeAndre’ Bembry leads all Nets with 8.
Nets outrebounded Bulls 15-8 in Q1. – 8:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 1st QTR: Nets 34, Bulls 28
DeAndre’ Bembry (8 PTS, 3 REBS), Paul Millsap (7 PTS) and the Nets have wasted no time putting pressure on Chicago. Brooklyn has compiled 9 assists already and they’re giving it to the Bulls on the glass, outrebounding them 14-8. – 8:33 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Durant went 1-7 . . . and the Bulls are down 6. – 8:33 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Follow my man @Darnell Mayberry for all of your Bulls’ needs tonight. – 8:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Paul Millsap has seven points in three minutes, just one off his season-high with the Nets. – 8:32 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Zo splashes from the corner 💧
@NBCSChicago | @Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/elO7ewJLAV8:31 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Getting crafty on the break! 💨 pic.twitter.com/ynoxDhihjk8:31 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alize Johnson back in the rotation with Javonte Green out – 8:29 PM
Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Trying to get a better feel for real #NBA attendance this season… there’s a narrative it’s down… figures on websites only represent one half the picture (tixs sold)..for #Nets #Bulls tonight… not a bad crowd in the bowl… but lots of empty corporate suites
#Sports #Business pic.twitter.com/rup3AdVNN78:28 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alize Johnson set to check in. – 8:28 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nash leaves Harden and Durant out with the reserve trio of Cam Thomas, Paul Millsap and Bruce Brown. – 8:26 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Paul Millsap is the first big off the bench. – 8:25 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Derrick Jones Jr. and Ayo Dosunmu in. Caruso and DeRozan out. Caruso hit two 3s and battled but certainly is favoring that hamstring. – 8:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Bruce Brown is set to check in with Cam Thomas – 8:19 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Cam Thomas once again set to be the first Net off the bench with under 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. – 8:18 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
3 x 3
@James Harden takes his time and makes it a 9-0 BK start 💪 pic.twitter.com/16TWRxMaza8:16 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Brooklyn gets off to a terrific start, knocking down 3 triples in the first 3 minutes to take a 9-0 lead. Bulls missed their first four shots, including a couple open corner 3s for Alex Caruso. – 8:14 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Nets rain three 3s in less than three minutes and lead Bulls 9-0 – 8:14 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Bulls: The Nets are out to an early 9-0 lead. Alex Caruso’s missed 2 good looks at corner 3s, and the Nets have capitalized. Mills, Harden & Bembry each with 3. Bulls opted to leave Bembry open in the corner. If he can make them pay, that’s big-time for the offense. – 8:14 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Hot start for the Nets. Bembry hits a corner 3 to get them going, Mills and Harden follow his lead. 9-0 Brooklyn. Timeout Bulls with 9:38 left in the first. – 8:13 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
THE NETS ARE ON ONE TO START! THEY START THE GAME 9-0! – 8:13 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Nets are scorching the Bulls from the 3-point line to start this one. Bembry, Mills and Harden each hit one from long range for a swift 9-0 lead. – 8:13 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso, who was a gametime decision with a balky hamstring, is starting on Kevin Durant. – 8:12 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Lonzo Ball on James Harden, Alex Caruso on Kevin Durant to open game for Bulls – 8:11 PM
Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Here at Barclays tonight… my 1st in-person #NBA game since Feb. 2020 … still weird seeing Patty Mills in #Nets uniform … #Spurs pic.twitter.com/0tUkJp5NFb8:10 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Alex Caruso is in the starting lineup for the Bulls in place of Javonte Green, who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Caruso was a game-time decision with a hamstring issue, but is deemed good enough to go against Brooklyn. – 8:06 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Tough challenge for the Nets defense facing a team with several high-level offensive weapons. DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic have carried entire offenses in the past. Nets have their work cut out for them defensively and will need to be disciplined tonight. – 7:59 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
“You worry about, you know, are you infected? Are you healthy?”
COVID concerns continue to rise for the Chicago Bulls as Javonte Green becomes the 2nd player this week and 3rd in the last month to test positive. More here: chicagotribune.com/sports/bulls/c…7:59 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Barclays. Nets-Bulls tip shortly. Second time the Nets have seen the Bulls on the back end of a back-to-back. Can Brooklyn get their first back-to-back sweep of the season? No James Johnson for the Nets. Who gets those minutes? Updates to come. – 7:56 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets officially listed James Johnson as out with left shoulder soreness, which leaves an opening for Blake Griffin, who has been out of the rotation since Nov. 22 vs. Cleveland. Nic Claxton’s return, however, projects to eat into those available minutes. Something to watch. #Nets7:51 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Nets 🆚 Bulls
📺 @YESNetwork
🏀🔜 pic.twitter.com/XaBnI8Fl9X7:48 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DeMar with the USC colorway tonight pic.twitter.com/2Buzjvk9ra7:43 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
30 minutes until tipoff between Nets & Bulls tonight. The Nets have split each of their 3 sets of back-to-backs so far this season.
10/24: L vs CHA
10/25: W vs WSH
11/7: W @ TOR
11/8: L @ CHI
11/16: L vs GSW
11/17: W vs CLE
Nets are also 0-5 against contenders this season. – 7:43 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Bulls Game:
▪️LaMarcus Aldridge can add to his best shooting season from the field, shooting it at 57% from the field so far.
▪️Alex Caruso (2.4 SPG) currently leads the league in steals
▪️Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris & James Johnson are out. – 7:36 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nets have ruled James Johnson (left shoulder soreness) out for tonight’s game. – 7:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets rule James Johnson out tonight with left shoulder soreness. He played the most of any reserve last night. – 7:31 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Johnson (shoulder) is ruled out for tonight’s game, the team says. – 7:31 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Bulls:
👨🏿‍🍳James Harden
👷🏾‍♂️Patty Mills
🔒DeAndre’ Bembry
🪣Kevin Durant
🎯LaMarcus Aldridge – 7:31 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters vs. Chicago: Harden, Mills, Durant, Bembry and Aldridge. – 7:31 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
AC rejoins the starting lineup!
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/YdYDq5HU2g7:30 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Billy Donovan confirmed Javonte Green tested positive for COVID-19 and returned home to Chicago late last night. He’ll remain in isolation until he can clear protocol.
Coby White is also still in isolation. – 6:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Johnson is questionable tonight against the Bulls with left shoulder soreness. Johnson has emerged as a key role player in Brooklyn and his versatility off the bench has earned him a steady role in the front court. #Nets
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…6:39 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Alex Caruso, meanwhile, is a game time decision with a hamstring issue that cropped up in the win over the Knicks on Thursday. – 6:34 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain) is a gametime decision vs. Nets, per Billy Donovan. See how warmups go – 6:34 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso is gametime decision vs. Nets. – 6:34 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Alex Caruso (hamstring) is a game-time decision. – 6:34 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Billy Donovan says Javonte Green tested positive for COVID-19, and is back in Chicago now. Says that the Bulls aren’t the only one dealing with this, but his team has handled it well. Bulls have had three players enter protocols recently, including Coby White earlier this week. – 6:31 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Javonte Green is in protocols with a positive COVID-19 test, per Billy Donovan – 6:31 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Javonte Green tested positive and drove back to Chicago. – 6:30 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Javonte Green also has tested positive for COVID-19, per Billy Donovan. – 6:30 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Got a cool one coming tomorrow that I’m excited to share. In the meantime, ✈️ to Chicago. pic.twitter.com/uw7Ps8tfju6:26 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He finds the most happiness on the basketball court — It’s a long season, we don’t want to overburden him.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kevin Durant possibly playing more minutes tonight. – 6:26 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
James Johnson (left shoulder soreness) is questionable tonight. If he can’t go, Steve Nash wasn’t sure if this would be a potential spot for Blake Griffin to fill in given how the Bulls can go small. Cam Thomas (quad) is available to play. – 6:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash asked why the Nets haven’t swept a back-to-back this season. Said he’s something he’s thought about and doesn’t have one answer for. Could throw out a few options, but doesn’t feel strongly about one over the others. – 6:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash doesn’t seem to expect Blake Griffin to take James Johnson’s minutes if he can’t go tonight. Johnson is questionable with left shoulder soreness. Nash pointed out that the Bulls don’t play a lot of bigs, which doesn’t make for a natural place for Griffin. – 6:20 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash confirms Blake Griffin may get minutes tonight amidst James Johnson being questionable. – 6:19 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Nets coach Steve Nash on Bulls: “They have a great spirit. Like the top teams in our league, they all seem to play for each other.” – 6:18 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We didn’t play great. I don’t think they played great for three quarters — No excuses though, they beat us.”
⁃Steve Nash on losing to the Chicago Bulls in the first meeting. – 6:17 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine rank 1st and 3rd in 4th quarter scoring.
No teammates have ranked inside the top 5 since KG (4th) and Cassell (5th) in 2003-04.
That’s the only other time since 1996-97 that two teammates ranked inside the top 5 in 4th quarter scoring. – 5:55 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Can Thomas (left thigh contusion) will be available tonight vs the #Bulls. James Johnson (left shoulder soreness) is questionable for the #Nets. – 5:48 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Net say Cam Thomas is available tonight. He’s working out as I type this and looks fine. – 5:44 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Cam Thomas has been upgraded to AVAILABLE, the team says. – 5:43 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
How are KD and James Harden dealing with Kyrie’s absence? @BigWos talks to @Sarah Kustok on #FullCourtFits!
▶️: https://t.co/IuZYgAsGxm pic.twitter.com/FLhWC73hbo4:11 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
RJ Barrett said during the Brooklyn game, he kept running back to the locker room throw up. “I was messed up,” he said. That’s why he had to come out at halftime. Says he feels better now. “I was good enough to play.” – 4:01 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
RJ Barrett said he was running back to throw up during the Brooklyn game. Feels better now. Doesn’t know the illness. – 4:00 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
The look of a man who knows he’s about to put on a show. pic.twitter.com/ncRnAYaVVX3:51 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Thaddeus Young joined me on my podcast and talked about being blindsided when the Bulls traded him, his limited playing time in San Antonio, his name surfacing in trade rumors again, the key to longevity in the NBA, the Spurs’ young core and more. LISTEN: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…3:26 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
And with 2 wins in the first 3 games of the road trip, the #Nuggets now have just 1 game left in this batch of games against a team with a winning record — Monday at Chicago. The trip finishes w/a game at New Orleans and 2 at San Antonio. – 3:17 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets play in Chicago Monday night. Make the call, @Denver Nuggets pic.twitter.com/3dwx2VwlTW3:06 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
D’Angelo Russell leads the NBA in clutch points scored. DLo discussed his expectations for the Timberwolves, Patrick Beverley’s impact, playing for coach Chris Finch, being traded from the Warriors, his time with the Nets, and more on @Jorge Sierra. hoopshype.com/lists/dangelo-…2:46 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks defense looking all too much like the first half of the defense from the first half of the Bulls game. Breakdowns. Open 3s aplenty. A rough performance so far, and they’re down 44-28 to the shorthanded Nuggets. – 1:50 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Boos raining down on the Knicks here at Madison Square Garden as Denver jumps out to a 44-28 lead and forces Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout midway through the second. This game is looking reminiscent to what happened Thursday night vs. Chicago so far. – 1:48 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
The Nets are listing former @LSUBasketball star Cam Thomas (left thigh contusion) as probable tonight vs. the Bulls – 1:39 PM

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