Things are getting ugly in Brooklyn as the Nets have now dropped four-in-a-row and five of their last six as their fans booed them and chanted for head coach Jason Kidd to be fired during a 95-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center on Christmas day.
This is a Bulls team that has been disappointing in its own right and they’re playing without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but it didn’t matter as Taj Gibson, a Brooklyn native, stepped up to led the Bulls with a 20-point, eight-rebound performance. That is the second game in a row where a Brooklyn-born player beat them (Lance Stephenson had a career-high 26 points on Monday).
The Nets are now 9-19 on the season, they’re just three games out of their division lead, but only three teams in the Eastern Conference have a worse record (two of those three teams, the Magic and the Sixers, have beaten the Nets this year).
This one was a typical Nets loss as they led 23-21 after one, trailed by just three points at the half, and then were blown out in the third quarter. This time the Bulls went on a 23-6 run in the third to knock them out of the game. They shot 33.3 percent as a team, were out rebounded 13-7, were outscored 20-8 in the paint, 9-0 on fast-break points and only Mirza Teletovic scored more than two points in the third frame.
They trailed by 19 points going into the fourth and that’s when Gibson closed them out with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Deron Williams led the Nets with 18 points and four assists, he was limited to four points in the second half. Teletovic had 17 points, Johnson had 12 and Andray Blatche shot a pathetic 1-for-11 as he finished with seven points.