Nets hit 24 3s, 1 shy of NBA record, in rout of Bulls

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 08, 2018 10:46 AM
Nets hit 24 3s, 1 shy of NBA record, in rout of Bulls
Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert (22) goes up to shoot against Chicago Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

By Matt Schoch, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Quincy Acy helped the Brooklyn Nets set a franchise record with 24 three-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

The Nets finished one three-pointer shy of the NBA record set last season by Cleveland. Acy had career-highs with six three-pointers and 21 points, and Allen Crabbe added five from behind the arc and 20 points.

Brooklyn got its fourth road win in its last five games. It was Brooklyn's second straight victory over the Bulls, something the Nets haven't done since February 2008. The win clinched the season series for the first time since 2009-10. Sean Kilpatrick led Chicago with 20 points, and Bobby Portis had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Portis scored 13 points in the first quarter to help erase an early 16-7 Nets lead.

In the second quarter, baskets by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson bookended a 14-1 run for the Nets which opened a 61-47 lead with 1:11 left until halftime.

Crabbe knocked down four of the Nets' nine three-pointers in the third, and Brooklyn led by 22 during the quarter.

Brooklyn made 19 three-pointers Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in a win against Milwaukee. Its previous season-high was 21 in a Feb. 10 (Feb. 11, PHL time) loss to New Orleans.

Joe Harris made four three-pointers and scored 16 points for the Nets, who were 24-for-55 from deep.

TIP-INS

Nets: F Dante Cunningham (back spasms) returned after missing Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) win against Milwaukee. ... F DeMarre Carroll (left hip) and C Jahlil Okafor (right ankle) were held out for the second straight game, although coach Kenny Atkinson said Okafor was available to play.

Bulls: Rookie F Lauri Markkanen was held out of the game as he has not been playing back-to-back games recently due to back and elbow injuries. Markkanen scored 20 points in 23 minutes in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss to Boston, his third consecutive game with at least 20 points, all of which were achieved in 25 minutes or less. ... F Noah Vonleh (calf strain) missed his second straight game and C Robin Lopez (rest) was held out of his third straight game.

DRAFT DRAMA

The teams are both 27-53 with two games remaining and will meet again Monday in Brooklyn in another crucial game for draft positioning.

The Nets' first-round pick is owned by Cleveland after being moved via Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade last August.

BOMBS AWAY

Brooklyn's 24 three-pointers pushed them over 1,000 for the season, ending the game with a franchise record 1,012.

The previous season high was 877 last year.

The Nets trail only Houston for three-pointers made league-wide. The Rockets entered Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) with an NBA-record 1,213.

It was the 15th straight game with double-digit three-pointers made, setting a franchise record.

LOYOLA LAUDED

The Loyola men's basketball team was honored at the game after their surprising recent Final Four run in the NCAA Tournament.

Former Ramblers star Milton Doyle, a Nets rookie, proudly watch his team make the run as an 11-seed.

"It was just like watching my family, enjoying all the success," Doyle said. "It was great seeing everything that was going on and them getting all the praises and all the shout-outs from the big stars."

UP NEXT

Nets: The teams will meet again Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Brooklyn, then the Nets will close the season Wednesday in Boston.

Bulls: After Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) rematch, the Bulls will close their season Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against visiting Detroit.

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