No night for Harden, the Bulls recover from -11 in the second half, Ball’s triple in the final is the seal of the game: it ends 111-107
Another defeat against a top team, a film already seen for Brooklyn fans. Chicago too, therefore, moves to Barclays Center and slows the path of a club that in this league is 10-0 against opponents with a negative record but only 6-7 against teams with more wins than losses this season. The Bulls play the important possessions of the fourth period better, recover a deficit of 11 points in the second half and in the end they win with merit 111-107. LaVine and DeRozan make themselves heard in attack, Ball signs the most important triple of the match and Chicago thus wins his second success in as many races with the Nets in this beginning of the championship. Coach Nash, on the other hand, can complain about the too many iron mistakes of a decidedly subdued Harden.
Brooklyn starts very well, signs the first nine points of the race and tries to immediately put pressure on the host defense. Aldridge and Durant find good solutions and the visiting team plays very well in the first quarter, also receiving the production of Millsap from the bench. DeRozan however ignites the Bulls attack early in the second period, Brooklyn begins to make some confusion in attack and Chicago takes the Nets back. KD’s plays in the end of the first half, however, give the New York team +4 at half-time. After a good first half Brooklyn tries to take over the reins of the match at the opening of the second half. Mills and Durant push the Nets to +11.
In the moment of greatest difficulty, the guests rely on LaVine who responds with a series of baskets of exquisite workmanship. On the other hand, however, Harden just can’t get back on track (in the end he will close with a bad 5/21 from the field). Chicago completes the comeback by placing a 13-4 run at the start of the final fraction then starts playing his best basketball thus remaining in front until the final seconds. Durant’s triple at 39 ” from the siren calls the result into question by bringing the Nets back to -3 but Chicago does not break up and finds with Ball the blow of the long-range knockout at 16 ” from the end of the match. Game, match and meeting, then for the team of coach Donovan who shows character and personality going to win with full merit on the difficult parquet of the Barclays Center. “A good performance – emphasizes the Bulls coach – but let’s not get our heads together. We must certainly not think that we have become phenomena for how we interpreted a game in December. We still have great room for improvement ”. Disappointment, however, in the Nets house with Harden who is not afraid of self-criticism. “I take responsibility for this defeat – says the Nets player – I made too many mistakes in penetration and failed a series of layups that in the end made a difference”.
Brooklyn:Durant 28 (10/20, 2/6, 2/2 tl), Aldridge 20, Harden 14. Rimbalzi: Brown 12. Assist: Harden 14.
Chicago: LaVine 31 (7/11, 2/9, 11/13 tl), DeRozan 29, Dosunmu, Vucevic 11. Rimbalzi: Ball 9. Assist: Ball 7.
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