• Erik Slater

Shorthanded Nets drop season finale 112-73 to Bulls

A shorthanded Nets team faltered in their season finale against a playoff seeking Chicago Bulls team.

Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy, Joe Harris, and Sean Kilpatrick were all inactive Wednesday night.

The Nets, who beat the same Bulls team this past Saturday, were trounced by the Bulls by a score of 112-73 in Chicago. It is safe to say that Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez are an integral part of the Nets winning basketball games.

The win clinches Chicago's spot as the eight seed in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 25 points, but the big surprise of the game was Bulls rookie Paul Zipser. Zipser, a 6' 8" rookie from Germany, poured in a season high 21 points. The rookie, who is only averaging 5.5 PPG this season, shot 8-13 from the field and 5-7 from three point land in 28 minutes. The German will likely see a healthy portion of playing time for Chicago in the playoffs.

Archie Goodwin scored a season high 20 points for Brooklyn, while K.J. McDaniels netted 15 and Caris LeVert added 10.

The difference in the game proved to be the three pointer with the Nets shooting an abysmal 3-33 (9.1%) while Chicago shot 14-30 (46.7%).

The Nets finish the season with a record of 20-62. Brooklyn has lost 60 plus games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.