The Chicago Bulls parlayed second-chance points and some clutch shots into a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon. Zach LaVine looked more like his old self, save for some off three-point shooting, scoring 25 on 8/17 shooting in 35 minutes. Nikola Vucevic added 22 and 13, and Tomas Satoransky also contributed a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists on a casual 80% shooting and 67% from three.
While LaVine only made one three, it came at a crucial juncture. In the closing minutes of the game, the Nets were rallying and chipping away at the Bulls' lead. It was 109-102 Chicago with the shot clock running down when LaVine pulled up from 28 feet to sink a dagger.
The Set Up
The Bulls had lost six straight leading up to this game, and their win-now trade for Nikola Vucevic was starting to leave some fans unsteady. Chicago needed a win, and it was questionable to assume they'd have a chance at one today against one of the best teams in the NBA. Not to mention, the Bulls were without point guard Coby White due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, easily the most significant missing player from either team.
Oh, and the Nets were without role players Kevin Durant and James Harden. They had to try to take on the Bulls while only trotting out the likes of Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldrige, and Blake Griffin. They never stood a chance.
New Kids on the Block Contribute
Of course, Vucevic had a quality double-double of 22 and 13. Fellow new Bull Troy Brown Jr. played the most minutes off the bench (28) and had six points and seven rebounds. Daniel Theis was next in minutes (24) and put up ten points and made two three-pointers. It seems like the new rotation is coming together for head coach Billy Donovan and the chemistry is building for the players as they enter a bit of an easier stretch in their schedule.
What's On Tap Next?
The Bulls play next against the ninth-seeded Indiana Pacers on Tuesday at 6:00 CT. They have Monday off, which gives LaVine's ankle another day to heal up. Check out all the latest Bulls content, articles, podcasts, and more at Bulls On Tap, presented by On Tap Sports Net.