With 28 points from forward DeMar DeRozan, the Chicago Bulls surprised Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets this Monday in the NBA and beat him 118-95.
They seconded DeRozan in the Bulls Zach LaVine with 24 points, followed by Swiss center Nikola Vucevic with 11 cards and 13 balls recovered under the boards, and Ayo Dosumbo with 15 and eight sacks off the bench.
For Brooklyn’s star Kevin Durant wore 38 points and 10 rebounds, followed by LaMarcus Aldridge, who totaled 19 cards from the bench, and fellow star James Harden with 14 points, 8 sacks and five assists.
The Bulls also outscored the Nets in rebounding 56-42.
Chicafo continues to command the Central Division of the Eastern Conference and the Nets remain second in the Atlantic Division of the same area.
– Knicks are still on –
In Philadelphia, the New York Knicks (8-4) continued on fire and with 31 points, including eight in an important stretch of Julius Randle’s game, they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96.
Philadelphia was left without the Cameroonian man and four-time All-Star Joel Embiid and three others due to NBA health and safety protocols, which are for players who tested positive for COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone infected. .
RJ Barrett added 15 points for the Knicks, who have won their second game in the last five games. Randle also had 12 rebounds.
For Philadelphia, Andre Drummond started in Embiid’s place and had 14 points and a whopping 25 sacks.
Furkan Korkmaz added 19 points for Philadelphia, which had a six-game winning streak snapped.
The Knicks held up to a 19-point lead in the first half and looked headed for a beating, but Philadelphia used a very comfortable third quarter by winning it 25-14 to lead 72-69 into the quarter.
The 76ers came close to one multiple times in the fourth period, the latest on a Georges Niang 3-pointer with 5:01 left to put it 89-88.
Then Randle took over. He made a layup and then a pair of 3s, the second gave the Knicks a 97-91 lead with 2:54 left.
New York then took a comfortable 100-91 lead on Kemba Walker’s three-point play with 2:19 to go.
The Sixers reported before the game that Embiid tested positive for COVID-19.
Embiid is the fourth member of the 76ers, leaders of the Eastern Conference, sidelined as a result of failing to comply with covid-19 protocols, joining Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe. Embiid, who missed his second game of the season on Monday, is averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds. (AP)
– Monday’s NBA results:
NY Knicks to Philadelphia 76ers 103-96
Memphis to Minnesota 125-118 in overtime
Chicago to Brooklyn 118-95
Dallas to New Orleans 108-92