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Nets beat Bulls, 87-86: If loving you is Boatright, I don't wanna be Boat-wrong

The Brooklyn Nets got a nice win on Tuesday over the Chicago Bulls, 87-86, in game three of the Las Vegas Summer League, thanks to a heroic effort by rookie Ryan Boatright.

With the Nets trailing 86-84 and just 8.9 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Boatright took the ball to the hole and got the hoop-plus-the-harm, picking up a 3-point play and the victory for the Nets.


Boatright finished with 21 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Another great effort by the undrafted rookie. His final bucket capped off an 11-0 run for the Nets.

Five Nets scored in double figures, with Markel Brown going for 14 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson going for 10 of his own. Willie Reed and Cliff Alexander both scored in double figures.

The comeback started actually with a defensive play or two depending on how you saw it with 1:17 left and the Nets down by 10.  Bobby Portis, the Bulls top pick, went racing down the court and thought he had an easy layup when suddenly Cliff Alexander came down the lane to greet him, swatting the ball against the backboard. When Tyrus McGee tried to grab the rebound and put it up, Willie Reed came from the weakside and blocked the ball out of bounds. At that point, the Nets had the momentum.

The Nets are now 2-1 in Las Vegas, after having gone 0-5 in Orlando this past week.

Doug McDermott led the way for the Bulls with 19 points in 30 minutes.

Brooklyn now moves on to the knockout round in Las Vegas, where they'll play in the tournament to determine who is the ultimate Las Vegas champion!

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