The Chicago Bulls snapped Brooklyn’s five game winning streak in the Windy City despite a 38-point outburst from Kevin Durant. DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Bulls, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 accuracy from the field.
As for the rest of his team, the entire starting lineup scored in double-digits. Ayo Dosunmu (15 PTS, 7 REBS) was huge for Chicago as well off the bench in only 19 minutes.
Chicago dominated the glass, outrebounding the Nets 56-42 while grabbing 15 offensive boards in the process. Not only did they dominate in this category, but they dominated when it came to points in the paint. The Bulls outscored Brooklyn by a whopping 30 points in the interior, scoring 54 points in all.
As a winded Nets team had some control of the game entering the final period, everything collapsed defensively. James Harden went scoreless in the fourth quarter, surprisingly, and the Bulls pulled away for a 118-95 victory.
Here are the player grades from Monday’s loss.
Kevin Durant: A
Kevin Durant was really physical all game and his great shot selection resulted in 13-of-24 shooting from the field. The 33-year-old was also able to grab down 10 boards to secure a double-double while going 9-of-9 from the free throw line because of his physical play.
In the end, Durant was Brooklyn’s lifeline during the final period as he tried to get the Nets back in the game after Chicago came out scorching hot. It just wasn’t enough.
James Harden: C+
James Harden did a marvelous job applying pressure on the officials this game to get to the line, but there were indeed a couple missed calls. Harden’s frustration only grew as the game continued on and when the fourth quarter came, it may have impacted his assertiveness to try and score. In that period, he went scoreless despite a 16-point outburst on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
Shooting the ball 11 times is not going to cut it for the former MVP. The former Arizona product is too good of a player to have LaMarcus Aldridge, who came off the bench, get up more shots than him. We get it, he is the main facilitator and that was his goal in the final period. But, the Nets need him to take more shots.
LaMarcus Aldridge: A
LaMarcus Aldridge was instant offense off the bench on his way to scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 accuracy in only 23 minutes. He added two emphatic blocks and a steal to his numbers too. Aldridge’s only flaw this game was some poor shot selection in the second half, but there was arguably contact that could have been called fouls.
Joe Harris: B-
Joe Harris only got up seven shots in this contest and of those seven shots he made three and all of them were from downtown. His lack of urgency in the fourth quarter, along with the rest of the team, was the reason why Brooklyn could not finish off the Bulls.
Patty Mills: B
Patty Mills came out the gates aggressive with a score-first mentality, but he just could not find his normal groove. Mills is capable of doing much better than 1-of-5 from deep, though it’s good to see this assertiveness and confidence from him on that end.
DeAndre’ Bembry: A-
DeAndre Bembry’ was a big factor for the Nets this game because of his defense. Whether it was steals, deflections or hustle plays in getting back to stop transition buckets, Bembry made sure to give it his all as usual on that end. Some unnecessary fouls though could have been avoided on his way to three personal fouls.
Source: Yahoo Sports