The Brooklyn Nets were in Chicago last night (Wednesday, Jan. 4) to face the Bulls, looking to extend their winning streak to 13 games—the longest so far in the NBA this season. They had won 16 of their last 17 games going into their match-up with Chicago and had not experienced a defeat since losing to the Boston Celtics (103–92) on December 4, more than one full month ago.
The Nets were 25–12 before playing the Bulls and had the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and second-best overall in the league. Only the Celtics, who were 26–11 going into their road game on Tuesday night versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, had a better record.
The Nets came into the new year by blowing out the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at the Barclay Center by 139–103. Before meeting the Bulls, the Nets had an average margin of victory of 12.3 points over their 12 straight wins.
“I don’t think we really pay attention too much to the streak,” said Kyrie Irving after leading Brooklyn with 27 points versus the Spurs. “We just really want to play well for one another.”
Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists; TJ Warren hit for 18 off the bench; and Seth Curry, inserted into the starting lineup after coming off of the bench since returning from injuries, added 16 points efficiently in 22 minutes.
“This was a real team effort tonight,” said Curry. Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn noted his team has taken the same mental approach to every as they pile up victories.
“We show up and we play, and whoever is gonna play, we hoop out,” he explained. Before playing the Bulls, the Nets were 23–7 under Vaughn since he took over for former head coach Steve Nash, who was let go in November.
After the Bulls, the Nets remain on the road to take on the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow and Miami Heat on Sunday and return to Brooklyn next Thursday to host the Celtics.