The Bulls had a prime opportunity to knock off the Nets in their post-firing bump game, but instead Chicago suffered a 110-107 loss despite 29 Brooklyn turnovers. The Bulls are now 0-21 (!) against Eastern Conference playoff teams.
While the Bulls took a whopping 28 more shots than the Nets, the home team went 35-of-41 from the free-throw line and made half of the 64 shots they did get up. The Bulls took care of the ball all game (seven turnovers), but their shooting stunk without Zach LaVine once again until a final surge gave them a chance.
After a mostly competitive yet bad game throughout, It looked like the Nets were finally going to cruise to a victory when they went up 97-84 with 3:22 to play. That’s when the Bulls’ offense finally woke up, with Otto Porter Jr. hitting three triples down the stretch and scoring 10 of his team-high 23 points overall. Coby White added six points during this run, but he rimmed out a 3-pointer that would have tied the game in the final 10 seconds after yet another Nets turnover. White 21 points (8-of-21 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes off the bench.
Thaddeus Young added 17 points off the bench as the Bulls’ reserves scored 65 of the team’s 107 points. Lauri Markkanen was the only Bulls starter to score in double figures, notching an efficient 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting overall and 4-of-5 from 3-land. Of course, the fact that he only took eight shots in 26 minutes isn’t ideal, especially considering how well he shot. Denzel Valentine (10) and Shaquille Harrison (9) led Bulls starters in field goal attempts.
The Nets had three players hit the 20-point mark, led by old friend Spencer Dinwiddie. The former Bull racked up 24 points on just 4-of-9 shooting because he went 14-of-15 from the charity stripe. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris had 23 points apiece. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks after getting put in the starting lineup in place of Jarrett Allen, an eyebrow-raising move after the departure of Kenny Atkinson.
The Bulls continue to trudge to the finish line with their coach-who-should-be-fired. They’re now 21-43 on the season with a matchup against the lowly Cavaliers up next on Tuesday. Also, Chandler Hutchison might be done for the season, so that’s great.