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Bulls turn over ball, game to Nets in loss

Updated: March 4, 2014 10:42AM



NEW YORK — What was amazing about the Bulls’ 96-80 loss to the Nets at the Barclays Center Monday was that it was more lopsided.

The Bulls committed 28 turnovers, the sole focus of Monday’s loss and a number that usually spells and even more of a differential than the’s final score indicated.

This came a day after they committed a franchise-record low three turnovers in Sunday’s win over the Knicks. That mark was one off the NBA-record low.

The Bulls carelessness with the ball netted Brooklyn 30 points off turnovers.

The Bulls trailed 27-18 after one quarter, though the two teams shot an identical 44.4 percent from the field.

The difference?

The Nets took 12 free-throw attempts to the Bulls’ two. That differential and a couple of made threes gave the Nets the edge after one.

Seven turnovers in the quarter didn’t help their cause either. By halftime the Bulls had committed 11 turnovers, which resulted in 16 Nets points.

By the end of the third quarter it had snowballed to 21 giveaways and 23 Nets points off turnovers. Heading into the fourth quarter the Bulls trailed 76-59.

With 6:30 left in the game, the Bulls had cut the game to within nine. But a three-pointer by Nets point guard Deron Williams put Brooklyn back up by double-digits for good.

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