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Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash would possibly per chance perhaps furthermore relish wanted to downplay the importance of his team’s sport against the Chicago Bulls, however the Nets performed cherish they’d something to designate.
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Entering the game in Chicago, the Nets were appropriate 0-8 against top-tier competition this season. Of the games performed against ‘top-tier competition’ they’d lost six of the eight by double-digit figures, and with out a doubt one of the vital losses in single-digits (Phoenix) they were down by as great as 22 sooner than making a slack lag when the game changed into as soon as in point of truth over.
The losses comprise two against Chicago and two against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and the Nets had allowed 116.4 aspects per sport in these games.
Sooner than Wednesday night’s sport against Chicago, Nash said he didn’t inquire the game as a assertion sport, and added that it would possibly per chance perhaps be a “large inform” for his side.
“They’re wanting to gather a factual bewitch against Chicago because we’ve lost to them twice,” Nash said. “I don’t roar we’re all in favour of how are we against all elite teams. So [Wednesday] is an limitless opportunity to play against an elite team, play well, develop, strive and gather a bewitch, but most importantly abet getting higher.”
With Kyrie Irving eligible to play as the game changed into as soon as performed in Chicago, it marked appropriate the second time this season that Brooklyn had all three superstars available in the market to play, and appropriate the 16th time in complete since they joined forces. The Nets are 13-3 in these games, nonetheless.
James Harden changed into as soon as ready after missing a sport because of the a hyperextended left knee, and so changed into as soon as Kyrie Irving after a sprained left ankle threw his effect of abode into request.
Harden, in particular, chanced on his mojo gorgeous lickety-split after his one-sport absence. He performed with 25 aspects, 16 assists (a brand recent season-excessive) and seven rebounds. Brooklyn’s 132 aspects changed into as soon as also a brand recent season-excessive.
Brooklyn changed into as soon as embarrassed 118-95 in a Nov. 8 day out to United Center, a sport that they led going into the fourth quarter, completely to implode, getting outscored 42-17 in the closing length. On Wednesday it changed into as soon as a certain chronicle.
At one stage the game changed into as soon as tied at 71, but Brooklyn went on to outscore the Bulls 67-41 to right an easy bewitch.
“We performed with design,” said Nash put up-sport. “There changed into as soon as no bend or ruin in our guys tonight, and that changed into as soon as something Chicago would possibly per chance perhaps furthermore in actuality feel.”
Durant, who added 29 aspects of his relish, said the team changed into as soon as not wanting to assemble a assertion tonight.
“No longer looking to assemble no statements to the league,” he said. “Who cares what they roar? We know what we bring to the desk and it is all about us. I’m certain folks were looking at that sport tonight.”
Brooklyn improves to a league-simplest 15-4 on the avenue this season.
The Nets relish home games against the State and the Pelicans next, sooner than a match-up with the Cavaliers in Cleveland next Monday.