Nets win second straight, hurt Bulls playoff hopes – Reuters


Jeff Green contributed 14 while Irving and Blake Griffin completed with 13 apiece as the Nets shot 47.2 percent and handed out 32 assists.Brooklyn led by as numerous as 19 and endured a resurgence attempt in the fourth quarter when they were not able to contain Zach LaVine, who led all scorers with 41 points.LaVine scored seven straight points and struck a 3-pointer to pull Chicago within 102-91 with 4:55 staying. Coby White added 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 first 8 points and held a 32-23 lead after the first quarter. Brown scored 10 points in the second and Brooklyn expanded the lead to 64-51 at halftime.Chicago cut its deficit to 74-65 on a 3-pointer by Daniel Theis with 7:14 staying in the 3rd but Brooklyn outscored them 19-9 over the rest of the quarter and held a 93-74 lead into the fourth.

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