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Nets blow out East-leading Bulls behind a combined 61 points from Big 3


The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls 138-112 Wednesday at the United Center in a clash of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Playing in his third game of the season, Kyrie Irving scored just nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. He was questionable prior to the game with an ankle injury. Irving is only able to play in road games for Brooklyn because he is unvaccinated and can’t play at home under New York City’s vaccine mandates.

Kevin Durant led the way for Brooklyn (26-14) with 27 points and nine assists, while James Harden added 25 points and 16 assists. Patty Mills had 21 points off the bench, including six 3-pointers. Harden played 33 minutes, Durant played 30 and Irving played just 25.

Zach LaVine scored a team-high 22 points for Chicago (27-12) in the loss and DeMar DeRozan had 19 points.

The Nets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, and the Bulls will welcome the Golden State Warriors to town on Friday.

(Photo: Stacy Revere / Getty Images)





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