Monday, March 3, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 96, Bulls 80
By Nick Friedell
NEW YORK -- Let's take a quick look at how the Brooklyn Nets earned a 96-80 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Barclays Center.
How it happened: Deron Williams led the Nets with 20 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Brooklyn controlled the tempo all night. D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 16 points, but it wasn't enough as Chicago couldn't find the right rhythm at any point.
What it means: In a season dotted with ugly games, this was one of the uglier performances the Bulls have had in a while. On the second night of a back-to-back set, they looked a step slow. They couldn't take care of the ball, and the intensity that has defined them over the past three weeks went missing. They looked like a tired team that had an off night. The Bulls know they can't play well every game, but they were sloppy in this one -- a trait coach Tom Thibodeau and his team hate. It's going to be interesting to see how quickly the Bulls can bounce back after a poor effort, especially since their offense looked lifeless through most of Monday night.
Hits: The Bulls outrebounded the Nets 43-28, but it didn't matter because they kept turning the ball over.
Misses: The Nets had 19 steals to the Bulls' six.
Stat of the night: The Bulls turned the ball over 28 times -- a season high -- and the most in the Thibodeau era, according to Bulls radio statistician Jeff Mangurten. They set a franchise record on Sunday, turning the ball over just three times against the New York Knicks.
What's next: The Bulls visit the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.