Nets win home finale 107-106 over Bulls
The Nets handed the Chicago Bulls what could prove to be a costly loss by a score of 107-106 Saturday night in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn squandered a 14-point 1st quarter lead only to storm back from 9 down with 4:10 remaining in the contest, delivering a severe blow to the Bulls' playoff hopes.
Four Nets players reached double figures with Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way scoring 19 points apiece. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 33 points.
Brooklyn's young duo of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert proved to be huge down the stretch of the home finale.
Trailing by 9 with 4:10 remaining, LeVert drilled back to back three pointers to make it a one possession game. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson followed with a pair of driving layups from the left side to put the Nets up one with 2:20 remaining, capping a 10-0 Brooklyn run.
Butler answered with a pull-up jumper from the right side and a pair of free throws to put the Bulls up three.
Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a huge three pointer off of a Brook Lopez kick out to tie the game at 101 with 1:23 left in the contest. Following a defensive stop, Hollis-Jefferson drew a foul driving to the basket and made a pair of free throws to put the Nets in front.
Jimmy Butler answered once again drilling a contested step back jumper to tie the game at 103.
Dinwiddie was fouled driving to the basket on the following possession and made a pair of free throws to put the Nets back on top. Butler could not answer again missing a potential game-winning three pointer with five seconds remaining.
Brook Lopez scored 13 points and is now 22 points shy of passing Buck Williams as the Nets' all-time leading scorer with two games remaining. Williams played for the Nets from 1981-1989 and accumulated 10,440 points in that time span.
Brooklyn showed its grit with a win over a Bulls team currently fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls now fall into a tie with the Miami Heat for the eight seed in the East.
Brooklyn visits the Celtics on Monday and plays the season finale in Chicago on Wednesday. The Nets have won three of their last four and are 9-7 since March 12th.
Brooklyn has been playing as hard as anyone in the NBA and is heading into the offseason on a high note.