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Durant scores 44, but Bulls snap Nets’ 12-game win streak

CHICAGO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Williams each scored 22 points, and the Chicago Bulls stopped Brooklyn’s 12-game win streak with a 121-112 victory over Kevin Durant and the Nets on Wednesday.

Durant scored 44 points, but Chicago had six players score in double figures. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Ayo Dosunmo finished with 17 points.

The Bulls had dropped two in a row. “They came to play,” Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn said.

“They were pretty desperate to get a win, and we needed that same desperation.”

Durant rested at the beginning of the fourth quarter and Chicago put together an 8-0 run.

Dosunmu stole a pass at midcourt and went in for the jam for a 106-95 lead with 6:46 left.

“Ayo brought it defensively,” Bulls guard Zach LaVine said. “Bring the energy, getting steals, getting blocks.”

Williams and DeRozan each hit two foul shots in the final minute to help close it out.

Durant scored a season-high 28 points in the first half, but Brooklyn trailed 69-59 at the break.

He went 15 for 22 from the field for the game, finishing one point shy of his season high against Orlando on November 28.

Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant. PHOTO: AP
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