Following the strong 125-115 win against the Pistons, the Brooklyn Nets came into their game at home against the Chicago Bulls on January 31st with high determination.
This was a significant game for the Nets, considering how competitive they were with Orlando for the number 7 spot in the Eastern Conference.
The start of the game secured the biggest lead of 21 points for the Nets. During the first two quarters, Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie lead the team with a combined 42 points. Irving in particular had incredible shooting accuracy, being 10-10 from the field.
Not only this, but he was 4-4 in three pointers and 3-3 from the free throw line. By halftime the score was 73-57 and the lead for the Nets remained consistent.
By the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulls came back and minimized the 16 point lead scoring another 39 points making the score 103-96. Kyrie Irving continued to shoot impressively making 92.6% of his attempted shots. Jarrett Allen also scored skillfully securing 12 points with a 100% field goal accuracy.
The game ended in a 133-118 win for the Brooklyn Nets. Overall they made 62.5% of their field goals attempted, while the Bulls made 48.8%. However, the Bulls did make 84.6% of their free throws and six players were shooting in the double digits.
For the Bulls, Zach Lavine made 22 points and Luke Kornet made 19, making them Chicago’s point scoring leaders. Kyrie Irving scored an additional 17 points in the fourth quarter, giving him a season high of 54 points. The first shot he missed was not until he missed a left jumper in the third quarter.
Additionally, Spencer Dinwiddie played extremely well achieving 20 points and 7 assists and Taureen Prince contributed 16 points.
The Nets have little time to recover with their next game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards. Their last matchup was back in February 2019, so it will be an interesting game to see the new teams go head to head.