End of streak for Brooklyn
The longest winning streak of the season has come to an end! After a twelve-game winning streak, the Nets lost 121-112 despite a mammoth performance at Chicago on Tuesday. Kevin Durant He finished with 44 points, plus 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
By conceding 40 points in the first quarter, Brooklyn couldn’t close out the game and Jack Vaughn’s players paid dearly for it. Because if Kevin Durant tried to catch up late in the first half, especially with a 13-5 run of his own, Chicago was always one step ahead.
The team that wants the most wins.
“We just couldn’t overcome that and the main reason was that we were chasing scores all game long.”Jacques Vaughan says in the New York Post. “Their 40-point first quarter set the tone. We must respect them, they came to win. They wanted to win this game and we needed the same sense of desperation. »
Facing the Bulls’ starting five, all five of whom scored 13 or more points, including three players who scored 21 or more, Brooklyn struggled defensively, even if it was better since returning from the locker room. But Chicago won’t join anymore, a comfortable ten point lead until the end.
“Honestly, 40 points in the first quarter is a lot! », Kyrie knows Irving. “Especially when you’re playing against the Bulls, who have been trying to find a rhythm in their last game. We got ourselves into a hole in the first half. KD is a special player, but he can’t do it all by himself! We discussed doing our best to help him, but it was one of those nights where we just couldn’t get enough shots out there. »
Don’t Forget Defense Etiquette
While his 10/24 shooting was decent for a defender, Kyrie Irving couldn’t hit his usual offensive shot. Similarly, ghost Royce O’Neale failed to hit two open shots late in the match which could have revived the tension, he ended the night at 0/9!
“It’s our fault” embraces past jazz. “We had a couple of lapses defensively, a lot of mistakes we could have gotten away with and they took advantage of that. We should learn from this by being more aggressive. »
The Nets are now down, even though their last loss against Boston on December 4th was more than a month ago. After their win over San Antonio under Kylian Mbappe, Kevin Durant’s teammates will need to refocus on their defensive habits to keep moving forward.
“We were a little behind in our defensive character. Against this team with three elite scorers capable of scoring from all angles, you have to be ready and do the work early in possession: you have to be ready as soon as you get the ball. In this case, we are often in a hurry. We chased them throughout the match. »
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