The Chicago Bulls were up by nine points over the Brooklyn Nets with 1:03 to play Tuesday afternoon in Cox Pavilion. A minute was all the Nets needed to stage a comeback.
Ryan Boatright scored five points down the stretch, including a spin move floater that resulted in a game-winning three-point play to give the Nets the lead with 2.4 seconds left. The undrafted guard from the University of Connecticut finished with a game-high 21 points (4-9 FG, 2-7 FT, 11-12 FT).
A Nets win seemed unlikely for most of the game. The Bulls got off to a hot start behind Doug McDermott, who scored seven straight points for the Bulls to give them a 29-21 lead heading into the second quarter. The Bulls shot 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field in the first quarter.
The Bulls pushed their advantage to 48-36 at halftime. Their first round draft pick (22nd overall), Bobby Portis, grabbed seven rebounds in the second quarter.
The Nets wouldn't back down, though. They outscored the Bulls 26-17 in the third quarter with a balanced offensive team effort to cut the deficit to three points. The Nets nearly doubled their free throw attempts in the quarter with eight.
The intensity picked up in the fourth quarter, with the Nets edging out the Bulls 25-21 in the final 10 minutes to close out the game.
Boatright was the offensive standout on the Nets. The next leading scorer was Markel Brown with 14 points (6-14 FG).
For the Bulls, McDermott finished with a team-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 0-3 3PG, 3-6 FT). He entered the game averaging 15.5 points and 3.0 in his first two games. Last season McDermott appeared in 36 games as a rookie, posting 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds. He was limited by injuries, including arthroscopic right knee surgery.
Bulls first round pick Bobby Portis (22nd overall) nearly recorded a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrus McGee added 16 points off the bench.
The Nets concluded the first three games of Las Vegas Summer League 2-1, the Bulls 1-2. Tournament seeding will be released Tuesday evening.