With Dywane Wade (18.6 PPG) returning back to the lineup after missing the last eleven games due to a sprain in his right elbow, the 39-40 Chicago Bulls would look to defeat the 19-60 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn tonight. This matchup would mark the third of four times that these two teams will meet up. The first time was on October 31 in New York where the visiting team would win huge, 118-88. In that game, Jimmy Butler scored twenty-two points, grabbed six rebounds and earned two assists. On the other end, Bojan Bogdanovic scored fifteen points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off one assist. In the second game, which took place on December 28 in Chicago, the Bulls would pull away with a 101 to 99 win. Jimmy Butler would end that game with forty points, ten rebounds and four assists. Brook Lopez ended with thirty-three points, three rebounds and four assists. The Chicago Bulls would look to take a 3-0 lead in this regular season series tonight.
In the first quarter, Jimmy Butler would start off hot by scoring ten points, including two 3-pointers. Robin Lopez would also put up four points but that wouldn’t help much when his brother, Brook Lopez, scored six points of his own and giving the Nets a 32-25 lead in the first. During the second period, former Knicks player, Jerian Grant, would knock down three of his four buckets to earn himself seven points. On the other end, another former Knicks player, Jeremy Lin went for five points, as well as Archie Goodwin. The home team would head into the locker room with a 51 to 45 advantage. The third quarter belonged to the Bulls with the help from Butler going off for eleven points, along with Lopez’s and Grant’s eight points as the visitors would end the third period on a 82-75 run. Wade would come alive though, as he scores six points, along with Butler collecting an additional nine points. Things would come close late in the fourth as former Pistons player, Spencer Dinwiddie, scores a three-pointer to tie the score at 101 with 1 minute and 23 seconds to play. After Rondae Hollis-Jefferson knocked down two free throws, Butler would score on a jump shot to tie the game again at 103. But the Nets would seal the deal after Wade fouls Hollis-Jefferson, who would make all two of his free throws. Jimmy Butler ended the game with thirty-three points, seven rebounds and four assists. Caris LeVert would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and one assist. Dwyane Wade would score fourteen points, grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists in his return back to the basketball court. The fourth and final game will be played on April 12 in Chicago, Illinois.