Taj Gibson scored a game high 20 points as the Bulls embarrassed the Nets 95-78 to kick of Christmas day.
For 2 and a half quarters, this was a game. With 5:13 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Bulls led the Nets 54-52. Chicago then went on a 23-6 run to take a 19-point into the 4th. The 3rd quarter has been Brooklyn’s nemesis all season, and this game was no different.
The Nets were unable to cut into the Chicago lead in the 4th, as the Brooklyn faithful let its team know how it felt with a loud chorus of boos.
Brooklyn shot just 35 percent from the field and had a brutal time with Chicago’s trademark defense.
With the loss, the Nets fall to 9-19 on the season, and have now been blown out in the two games since it was announced Brook Lopez would miss the rest of the season with a broken foot.
Deron Williams led the Nets in scoring with 18 points, Mirza Teletovic had 17, and Joe Johnson had 12. No other player scored in double figures. Andray Blatche and Paul Pierce were especially bad and combined to shoot 1/19 from the field.
The Bulls had 6 players in double figures. Jimmy Butler scored 15, Carlos Boozer had 14, Mike Dunleavy and DJ Augustin each had 13, and Joakim Noah had 10 as Chicago won its 2nd straight game following a 2-9 stretch.
Up next for the Bulls is a home tilt with the Mavericks. The Nets will travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Friday.