FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Brooklyn 117, Bulls 111. (Bulls: 4-9, 2-4 at home)
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 36pts. Brooklyn: Dinwiddie 24 pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter Jr: 14. Brooklyn: Allen and Musa each with 7.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: White: 3. Brooklyn : Harris: 8.
CCI STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Bulls went to the line a season-high 41 times and shot a sizzling 93%. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.
CCI IN THE LOCKER ROOM: Coach Boylen: "We need to get off to a better start...I didn't like how we started the game tonight....Obviously we're looking for more consistency. Thought we played very well in Milwaukee, and didn't think we played as well tonight."
CCI RECAP: The Bulls trailed 30-19 after the first quarter but rallied and took the lead only to see the Nets score 43 fourth quarter points triggered by the exceptional play of Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie went 14-15 from the line. On the night. Zach LaVine was superb scoring 36 points (16 in the 4th quarter) and took over in the fourth quarter but the Nets prevailed without Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. Otto Porter Jr. missed his fourth straight game with a left foot injury.
UP NEXT: Home with Milwaukee Monday.
CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Los Angeles Clippers 150, Atlanta 101: Good morning CCI fans! This is NOT a typo. 150 points for the Clippers. Paul George scored 37 points in 20 minutes. Seriously? Really? Yes. Kawhi Leonard sat out with a knee issue. Patrick Beverley sat out with a left knee contusion.
Milwaukee 102, Indiana 83: The injury riddled Pacers shot a season low 32%. The Bucks have won seven of eight.
Charlotte 103, New York 102: Devonte' Graham having a big-time break out season drilled nine three pointers including the winner with 2.8 seconds left for the Hornets. Charlotte beat Detroit Friday on a three pointer as well.
Miami 109, New Orleans 94: Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points. The Heat committed a franchise record low six fouls. The Pelicans played without seven key players.
Houston 125, Minnesota 105: James Harden scored 49 points taking a mind boggling 41 shots.
Dallas 110, Toronto 102: The Mavs cooled off the red hot Raps as Luka Doncic looks like a lock for the All Star Game here in Chicago. 26-15-7...but 7 turnovers.
Portland 121, San Antonio 116: The Spurs fell to three games under .500 , 4-4 at home. Gregg Popovich was ejected in the 3rd quarter. DeMar DeRozan went off on the officials so expect a heavy fine.
Always a pleasure.