Kevin Durant admitted that falling down early to the Chicago Bulls wasn't ideal and that it was a big reason why the Brooklyn Nets lost on Wednesday night. The Nets, who came to Chicago riding a 12-game winning streak, had their streak come to an end following a 121-112 loss to the Bulls.
The Nets were down by seven after the first quarter and the Bulls' lead improved to 10 at halftime. "I felt like a lot of times we chased them a bit, and that was just consistent throughout the whole game, us just playing from behind.
I think we definitely put our foot on the gas in spurts, but they made shots. They're talented players, special players. When you've got your whole five in double figures, it's tough to stop that," Durant said, per ESPN.
Durant: Nobody takes us for granted
Even though the Nets lost, Durant still had a big game as he dropped 44 points while Kyrie Irving scored 25 points.
For the Bulls, nobody exploded but they had six players who finished in double-digits. The Bulls showed more consistency than the Nets and that's why they ultimately ended on the losing side. However, Durant refused to be negative after the Nets' loss.
"We understand how we want to play every night. I feel like the league is always on notice with the talent we have on our team. I don't think anybody takes us for granted when they're preparing for us each night. But I think for us we found some things that were good for us on both ends of the floor and want to just be consistent with executing those things as we move forward," Durant added.
Following the loss to the Bulls, the Nets now own a 25-13 record. With that record, the Nets are the third-best team on the Eastern Conference standings. In their next game, the Nets are playing the New Orleans Pelicans on the road.