Dec. 19: Winning one they shouldn’t have
One night after an emotional win at home over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Brooklyn Nets headed to United Center for a road game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets came in looking a bit lethargic, maybe still feeling a bit of the hangover from the big win over LeBron James and the Tinseltowners.
With neither team shooting well, Brooklyn clung to a 40-39 lead at halftime. But the Bulls had tied it entering the fourth quarter in a third period that suddenly featured real pace and flow.
Chicago clung to the lead for much of the fourth quarter, but neither team managed to lead by more than a single possession over the final 6:04.
After going down 86-80 with 6:17 remaining, Brooklyn ran off seven straight points, capped by Spencer Dinwiddie drive and score to go up one.
Chicago went up two on a three-point play from Shaquille Harrison and the volley began. Brooklyn tied it. The Bulls went ahead. Brooklyn tied it. The Bulls went ahead.
Down one out of a timeout after Rondae Hollis-Jefferson retrieved a missed jumper from D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris got the ball and went strong to the rim, hitting a hanging, floating jumper off the glass to put the Nets up 94-93.