Nets Hold Off the Bulls for Their Seventh Straight Win

CHICAGO — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points off the bench and made a crucial defensive play in the final seconds to lift the Nets over the Chicago Bulls, 96-93, on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the resurgent Nets (15-18), who have the N.B.A.’s longest active winning streak right after an eight-game losing skid. The Nets were coming off a 115-110 victory at home Tuesday night over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kris Dunn scored 24 points for Chicago, which has the worst record in the league, at 7-25, after dropping 12 of its last 14. Bobby Portis added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls before exiting in the final minute with an apparent leg injury.

Chicago led 93-92 before Joe Harris put the Nets ahead for good on a floating bank shot with 43 seconds left.

But the key to the win was the Nets’ defense on the final two possessions. First, they forced Lauri Markkanen into an offensive foul. Following a turnover by the Nets, Dinwiddie deflected a handoff to Dunn at the top of the key and Harris gathered the loose ball with 2.3 seconds to go.

Dinwiddie was fouled with 1.4 seconds left and made both free throws for a 3-point margin. Chicago, which was out of timeouts and couldn’t advance the ball, never got off a shot that could have tied the game.

The Nets entered averaging 121.5 points per game during the winning streak, but points were tough to come by in the first half on Wednesday.

Chicago held a 27-22 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Nets rallied, surging to a 40-39 halftime lead despite 6-for-18 shooting in the second period. Dinwiddie had 10 of his team’s 18 points in the second on 3-for-4 shooting, including 2 of 3 on 3-pointers.

76ERS 131, KNICKS 109 Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons got his second triple-double in his last three games as Philadelphia beat the visiting Knicks.

Simmons had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Jimmy Butler added 20 points, and Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers (21-12), who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, who was averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

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