Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash may have wanted to downplay his team’s game against the Chicago Bulls, but the Nets played as if they had something to prove.
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Entering the game in Chicago, the Nets have been only 0-8 against a top-tier competition this season. Of the matches played against a “tier one competition,” they lost six out of eight with double-digit numbers, and one of the losses in single digits (Phoenix) dropped by as much as 22 before they were late in the run when the game was essentially over.
Losses include two games against Chicago and two against defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and the Nets had allowed 116.4 points per game in those games.
Nash said before Wednesday night’s game against Chicago The game was not seen as a statement gameHe added that it would be a “big challenge” for his team.
“They want a good win against Chicago because we’ve lost to them twice,” Nash said. [Wednesday] It’s a great opportunity to play against an elite team, to play well, to grow, to try to win, but most importantly to keep improving.”
With Kyrie Irving qualified to play as the game was played in Chicago, it was only the second time this season that all three Brooklyn Superstars were available to play, and only the 16th time since they joined forces. But the nets are 13-3 in those matches.
James Harden was fit after missing a game due to an overextended left knee, and so was Kyrie Irving after spraining his left ankle that called his situation into question.
Harden, in particular, found Mojo very fast after missing one game. He finished with 25 points, 16 assists (the highest level of the new season) and seven rebounds. Brooklyn’s 132 points were also the new season’s high.
Brooklyn embarrassed 118-95 in the November 8 trip to United Center, a game they led in the fourth quarter, only to collapse on the inside, as they edged out 42-17 in the most recent period. Wednesday was a different story.
At one point, the game was tied at 71, but Brooklyn went on to edge the Bulls 67-41 to secure an easy win.
“We played on purpose,” Nash said after the game. “There was no bending or breaking in our guys tonight, which is something Chicago can feel.”
Durant, who added 29 points on his own, said the team was Don’t look forward to making a statement tonight.
“Do not try to make any statements to the league,” he said. “Who cares what they think? We know what we’re going to bring to the table and it’s all about us. I’m sure people were watching that game tonight.”
Brooklyn has improved to a 15-4 best in the league this season.
The Nets will play two games at home against the Thunder and Pelicans, before facing the Cavaliers in Cleveland next Monday.
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