Ayo Dosunmu put up a game winning performance for Chicago Bulls in their 121-112 win over in-form Brooklyn Nets at the United Center on Thursday to return to winning ways after two straight losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The win for the Bulls put an end to the Nets impressive 12-game winning streak. The Nets last lost on December 5, to the Boston Celtics. Dosunmu scored 17 points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assists and a chase down block on Kevin Durant after a loose ball from Nikola Vucevic in the Bulls half.
Kevin Durant led the scoring for the Nets with 44 points while Kyrie Irving had 25 points. For the Bulls, Demar DeRozan and Patrick Williams both had 22 points while Vucevic contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Dosunmu who seems to have won back his starting point guard spot from Alex Caruso and averaging 9.9 points per game, 3.3 rebound and 2.7 assists per game this season said they knew they had to defend better against Durant who has been in superb form.
“We know that he (Durant) is a great player, one of the best scorers in history,” Dosunmu said. “When he scores, as long as it’s contested, we go in and keep our head high and we go on to the next play. There hasn’t been legitimately one team that helped him scoreless.
“When he scored 28 (in the first half), we literally came into the locker room and said, ‘We’re contesting it.’ So we just wanted to keep scrambling to try to take away the other guys from getting open shots and keep competing.”