Brooklyn Nets snap eight game losing streak, defeat Bulls 104-87

BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 26 : Jarrett Allen
BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 26 : Jarrett Allen /

The Brooklyn Nets finally got their 20th win of the season on Monday night. The win matches their total from last season, as they defeated the Chicago Bulls 104-87.

The Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight game losing streak with the win. The first half showed the youth between these two teams. The Nets had a 49-40 lead, but the Bulls closed out the half on a nine to nothing run. The teams were tied at the break.

To begin the second half, Jarrett Allen came alive. Allen scored ten quick points in the first six or so minutes of the third quarter. He also completely posterized Lauri Markannen on this dunk, per Anthony Puccio:

The Nets rode that momentum to outscore Chicago 35-21 in the third quarter. Allen finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

Allen Crabbe continued his torrid pace of late. He has 21 points on four-of-nine three point shooting in just 23 minutes.

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Spencer Dinwiddie had his best game in a while tonight as well. The Post’s Fred Kerber documented the guards struggles to out-yield opposing guards. Dinwiddie finished with five points, nine assists, and five rebounds, but most importantly he was a team high plus 26.

Caris Levert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both returned from injury, and although they looked rusty, it was well needed. They contributed on both end of the floors, and the Nets really missed their defensive abilities.

DeMarre Carroll had a strong game with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and was a plus 25.

The Nets shot 44 percent overall and 38 percent from three, but were actually out attempted by the Bulls. The issue for Chicago was their six for 23 line from the perimeter. They had 15 offensive rebounds, and it seemed like they weren’t able to finish down low on any of them.

Brooklyn looked loose tonight, for the first time in a while. There were smiles on the bench, and the team played with a purpose. The Nets were able to move the ball all around the court, and made crisp passes when they needed to.

Kenny Atkinson’s squad has a quick turnaround tomorrow night as they travel to Cleveland to take on Lebron James and the Cavaliers.