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Brooklyn Nets hit 24 3s, rout Chicago Bulls

The Bulls' Cristiano Felicio (right) battles the Nets' D'Angelo Russell for the ball during the first half Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Bulls' Cristiano Felicio (right) battles the Nets' D'Angelo Russell for the ball during the first half Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO – Quincy Acy helped the Brooklyn Nets set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.

The Nets finished one 3-pointer shy of the NBA record set last season by Cleveland. Acy had career highs with six 3-pointers and 21 points, and Allen Crabbe added five from behind the arc and 20 points.

Brooklyn got its fourth road win in its past five games. It was Brooklyn's second straight victory over the Bulls, something the Nets haven't done since February 2008. The win clinched the season series for the first time since 2009-10.

Sean Kilpatrick led the Bulls with 20 points, and Bobby Portis had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Portis scored 13 points in the first quarter to help erase an early 16-7 Nets lead.

In the second quarter, baskets by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson bookended a 14-1 run for the Nets, who opened a 61-47 lead with 1:11 left until halftime.

Crabbe knocked down four of the Nets' nine 3-pointers in the third, and Brooklyn led by 22 during the quarter.

Brooklyn made 19 3-pointers Thursday in a win against Milwaukee. Its previous season high was 21 in a Feb. 10 loss to New Orleans.

Joe Harris made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Nets, who were 24 for 55 from deep.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen was held out of the game, as he has not been playing back-to-back games recently because of back and elbow injuries. Markkanen scored 20 points in 23 minutes in Friday's loss to Boston, his third consecutive game with at least 20 points, all of which were achieved in 25 minutes or less. ... Forward Noah Vonleh (calf strain) missed his second straight game and center Robin Lopez (rest) was held out of his third straight game.

Nets: F Dante Cunningham (back spasms) returned after missing Thursday's win against Milwaukee. ... F DeMarre Carroll (left hip) and C Jahlil Okafor (right ankle) were held out for the second straight game, although coach Kenny Atkinson said Okafor was available to play.

LOYOLA LAUDED

The Loyola men's basketball team was honored at the game after their surprising recent Final Four run in the NCAA tournament.

Former Ramblers star Milton Doyle, a Nets rookie, proudly watch his team make the run as an 11-seed.

"It was just like watching my family, enjoying all the success," Doyle said. "It was great seeing everything that was going on and them getting all the praises and all the shout-outs from the big stars."

DRAFT DRAMA

The teams are both 27-53 with two games remaining and will meet again Monday in Brooklyn in another crucial game for draft positioning.

The Nets' first-round pick is owned by Cleveland after being moved via Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade last August.

BOMBS AWAY

Brooklyn's 24 3-pointers pushed them over 1,000 for the season, ending the game with a franchise-record 1,012.

The previous season high was 877 last year.

The Nets trail only Houston for 3-pointers made league-wide. The Rockets entered Saturday with an NBA-record 1,213.

It was the 15th straight game with double-digit 3-pointers made, setting a franchise record.

UP NEXT

Bulls: After Monday's rematch, the Bulls will close their season Wednesday against visiting Detroit.

Nets: The teams will meet again Monday in Brooklyn, then the Nets will close the season Wednesday in Boston.

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