Bulls beat Nets to snap six-game slide

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The Chicago Bulls halted a six-game losing streak and breathed life into their playoff hopes Sunday afternoon with a 115-107 victory against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) being defended by Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Lamarcus Aldridge (21) and Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) fight for the tipoff in the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31) intercepts a pass from Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) takes a shot over Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) scores over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) dunks during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) takes a shot over Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 04, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31) intercepts a pass from Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) being defended by Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) scores over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Lamarcus Aldridge (21) and Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) fight for the tipoff in the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) dunks during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) scores over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) is defended by Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA;Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Landry Shamet (20) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dunks over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA;Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31) drives around Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) and Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) fight for a rebound during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Daniel Theis (27) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (9) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dunks during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Landry Shamet (20) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Daniel Theis (27) grabs a rebound during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) being defended by Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) shoots during the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) scores during the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) blocks the shot of Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) and Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) fight for a rebound during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) shoots over Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky (31) scores over Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) during the third quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) and Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) fight for a rebound during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) passes around Chicago Bulls forward Troy Brown Jr. (7) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza (4) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, looked lethargic and out of sync playing without stars James Harden and Kevin Durant due to hamstring injuries.

With the loss, the Nets are now 34-16. The Bulls improved to 20-28.

The Bulls got a game-high 25 points from Zach LaVine and a strong effort from Tomas Satoransky, who added 19 points and 11 assists. Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls’ multi-dimensional center, contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 12 points, Patrick Williams scored 11 and Daniel Theis chipped in 10.

Chicago shook off a sluggish start by outscoring Brooklyn 32-18 in the second quarter. The Bulls finished the game shooting 55.1 percent from the field.

Kyrie Irving led six Nets in double figures with 24 points and a season-high 15 assists. Jeff Green added 21 points off the Brooklyn bench. LaMarcus Aldridge and Joe Harris scored 11 points apiece and Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown each had 10.

Brooklyn shot 48.4 percent for the game, including 39.3 percent (11 of 28) from behind the arc. The Nets were outscored 21-6 at the free-throw line.

Griffin scored six early points as the Nets jumped out to a 24-15 lead, an advantage that evaporated as the Bulls chipped away to take a 35-33 lead on Young’s two free throws at 6:57 in the second quarter.

The Bulls extended that lead throughout the second quarter, taking a 57-46 lead into halftime. Lavine led the way for Chicago in the first half with 12 points.

The Nets struggled offensively to find a rhythm, their offense clearly missing the impact of Harden to stretch the floor.

Brooklyn lost guard Tyler Johnson early in the fourth quarter with a right knee strain.

--Field Level Media