The Chicago Bulls handed out only 12 assists and turned it over 25 times in a sloppy outing that resulted in a 96-80 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn (29-29) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Deron Williams scored 20 points on 6-11 shooting from the field (1-4 from behind the arc) and 7-8 from the free throw line. Paul Pierce chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds for Brooklyn as well. On 4-9 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-7 from the free throw line, D.J. Augustin put up 16 points off the bench for Chicago in the loss. Carlos Boozer added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
As expected, the Bulls offense, which averages the third-most errors in the NBA (TO% of 15.7%), struggled with 25 turnovers against a Brooklyn defense that forces the most (opponents' TO% of 32.9%). The Bulls dished out 12 assists versus 25 turnovers, a ratio of just .48. They are 3-5 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Nets, on the other hand, are 8-2 when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Chicago, pushing their record to 33-27 for the year.
Coming up, the Nets play the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 34-25 on the season. The Bulls match up against the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 24-36 this year. The Nets are 1-0 versus Memphis this season. The Bulls have a 1-1 record against Detroit this season.