Nets win second straight, hurt Bulls playoff hopes – Reuters

Kevin Durant amounted to 21 points and 8 assists to lead 8 gamers in double figures as the going to Brooklyn Nets never tracked Tuesday and taped a 115-107 success over the Chicago Bulls, whose quest for a play-in berth took a considerable hit.Joe Harris added 17 for Brooklyn (45-24), which won its second straight however also lost Kyrie Irving to a facial contusion early in the third quarter.Irving was hurt when Chicago center Nikola Vucevic elbowed him in the face as they were jockeying for a rebound under the rim.Bruce Brown chipped in 15 and 10 rebounds while using a protective facemask after sustaining a nasal fracture in practice Monday. Jeff Green contributed 14 while Irving and Blake Griffin finished with 13 apiece as the Nets shot 47.2 percent and given out 32 assists.Brooklyn led by as lots of as 19 and endured a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter when they were unable to consist of Zach LaVine, who led all scorers with 41 points.LaVine scored 7 straight points and struck a 3-pointer to pull Chicago within 102-91 with 4:55 remaining. He then hit a turnaround jumper in the lane and two free tosses to get the Bulls within 107-101 with 1:39 left.Brooklyn then completed it off by hitting six totally free tosses in the final 23.8 seconds.Chicago (29-40) was not able to win its fourth straight game and dropped three video games behind the Washington Wizards for the last play-in berth.LaVine shot 15 of 27 but had little assistance. Coby White included 16 but was 6 of 17 from the floor and Vucevic was held to 12 points on 5 of 18 shooting as the Bulls shot 40.6 percent.Irving scored 13 points as the Nets scored the games very first 8 points and held a 32-23 lead after the very first quarter. Brown scored 10 points in the second and Brooklyn expanded the cause 64-51 at halftime.Chicago cut its deficit to 74-65 on a 3-pointer by Daniel Theis with 7:14 staying in the third however Brooklyn outscored them 19-9 over the rest of the quarter and held a 93-74 lead into the fourth.– Field Level Media

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