The Nets closed the Bulls in the battle between the Eastern rulers

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January 12, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, United States; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) goes to basket against the Chicago Bulls in the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant scored a high 27 points and James Harden scored a 25-point double-double and 16 assists to carry the visiting Brooklyn Nets to a 138-112 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in a clash of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

A 22-0 run in the third and fourth quarters passed the lead to Brooklyn, which avenged a 23-point loss to Chicago on November 8 and a four-point home loss to the Bulls on December 4.

The Nets’ scorching third quarter set the tone in a game they led to 38. Brooklyn shot 12 for 18 and didn’t commit any turnovers in the third while closing the quarter on a 30-8 streak. after a lay-up from Nikola Vucevic. tied the game at 71 at 8:43.

Durant had nine assists with his 12th consecutive game of at least 25 points. Patty Mills (21 points) and Day’Ron Sharpe (20) also finished in double digits. Kyrie Irving added nine points in his third game this season.

Looking for their first regular-season sweep for the Nets since 1997-98, the Bulls still won their first season series against Brooklyn in five years.

Zach LaVine paced the Bulls with 22 points. DeMar DeRozan followed with 19, while Coby White (16) and Vucevic (14) followed. Chicago made 17 turnovers while allowing for a high points season.

Brooklyn finished 56.3 percent off the ground, including an accuracy of 17 for 32 at long distance. Chicago shot 46.9 percent.

Sharpe and Harden had seven rebounds apiece to help the Nets win the battle along the 41-35 boards. Lonzo Ball had seven assists for Chicago, which lost for the second time in 12 games.

Chicago trailed nine points in the second quarter but came back behind LaVine, whose seven points in the 2:18 finals of the second quarter helped the Bulls move closer to 62-60 at the break.

Chicago’s Derrick Jones Jr. left the game after just 36 seconds with a right knee injury. Jones Jr. appeared to land awkwardly while jumping for the ball and was helped to the locker room by the team’s coaching staff. Nic Claxton missed the game for Brooklyn with left hamstring strain.

–Field level media

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