The Brooklyn Nets are one of the worst road teams in the league in the current season. They did not play like one against Chicago Bulls and notched their second road win of the year with a surprising 105-102 victory Monday night.
Brook Lopez led the way for Brooklyn with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Nets’ star center also added 2 steals and 3 blocked shots for one of his best all-around games in the current season.
The Nets started off well in this one, holding 29-22 advantage after the first quarter but the Bulls went on an 11-2 run to start the second and grabbed the 33-31 lead. It was close the rest of the first half with the Nets getting the upper hand, 58-55 at the halftime break.
Joe Johnson struggled from the field missing 10-of-15 shots for a dozen points but other Nets stepped up their scoring to help the Nets snap a five-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young had his own double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds while wingmen Bojan Bogdanovic, Wayne Ellington and Willie Reed combined to shoot 14-of-22 field goals for 36 points.
The Nets continued their good play in the third quarter, when they built a double-digit advantage. Brooklyn settled for a 85-78 lead entering the final quarter and held off a Bulls’ late-game rally to hold on to the three-point victory.
The Bulls were led by Pau Gasol’s 24 points and 9 rebounds and Jimmy Butlers’ 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting but they couldn’t avoid their third loss in a row after losses to the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks in their previous two games.
Brooklyn hosts the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards in their next two games while Chicago faces the Oklahoma City Thunder and Mavericks on the road on Friday and Saturday, respectively.