Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan acknowledged there was no excuse for the short-handed Bulls as they knew they needed to come out and give their best against the Brooklyn Nets. The Bulls were down four players due to health and injuries but that didn't prevent them from claiming a surprise 111-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
The Bulls were down 11 points in the third quarter but erased the deficit and ended up claiming a four-point win. DeRozan scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. "You want to be the best, you got to beat the best," said DeRozan.
"Everybody talks about being best, but you got to go out there. No matter if you are shorthanded, you want to be the best, you got to go out there and compete against the best."
DeRozan made the key play
DeRozan drew James Durant and Kevin Durant while driving into the pain and then kicked out the ball to a wide-open Lonzo Ball.
Ball made the dagger three to seal victory for the Bulls. "We just gotta go out there and play with some force and confidence, like we want to win," Durant said. "And understand it's a long game, and just stick with the game plan.
It's a bad, it's a tough loss. ... We didn't take advantage of being up nine-10 points. We just let them stay in the game and we were supposed to just bury them." Harden finished with 14 points and he thought he needed to do more.
"Blame this one on me," said Harden. "I had a lot of opportunities at the rim that I didn't convert that could have settled this game down." While in New York, the Bulls also beat the Knicks. "It says a lot about our team," DeRozan said of the wins against the Knicks and Nets.
"How resilient. How we approach challenges. We don't shy away from them. We accept them." He added: "It is difficult to win in this league, especially coming into two hostile environments on the road, playing against two teams and the best team in our conference, to withstand the blow that we took from them throughout the whole game, to buckle down in the fourth quarter and pull out a victory."