The Bulls? reserve guard torched the Nets over the final stretch, which resulted in a 142-134 triple overtime win for Chicago.
If he kept up his pace from the first quarter, the Chicago Bulls may have been in store for a similar drubbing that they suffered in Game 1 of the series.
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The Skinny: Both teams were extremely cold offensively to start, but the Bulls managed an 8-2 run to open the game. The Nets did not make their first field goal until a Gerald Wallace running lay-up at the 6:48 mark. Carlos Boozer picked up where he left off in Game 1, knocking down a few tough shots early. The Nets played solid defense in the quarter with four steals and two blocks, which gave the offense some time to get going. Joe Johnson and Luol Deng each poured in seven first-quarter points, and Chicago led by three after the opening frame.
The Bulls increased the lead to seven to start the second quarter, led by an offensive spark off the bench from Marco Belinelli. But led by Kris Humphries, Brooklyn went on a 6-0 run to get within one. Three straight jumpers from Brook Lopez a few minutes later gave the Nets their first lead of the game. A 6-0 Chicago run put the Bulls back ahead, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by C.J. Watson cut the Nets? deficit to one at the break.
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The Skinny: The Nets opened the game on a 7-2 run led by five quick points and two blocks by Brook Lopez. Carlos Boozer then drilled back-to-back tough shots to get the Bulls right back in it, but a three-pointer by Deron Williams put Brooklyn up five. There was plenty of energy on both sides to start, but the Nets were relentless on the defensive end, holding the Bulls scoreless for the final 2:43 of the quarter. Lopez and Williams combined to score 22 of the Nets? 25 first-quarter points, and Brooklyn led by 11 after one.
Joe Johnson came out with the hot hand to start the second quarter, but he picked up his second foul early in the quarter, which forced him to the bench. The ?Bench Mob? looked a bit uncomfortable offensively, which allowed Nate Robinson to take over. But C.J. Watson responded with five straight points against his former team, helping the Nets open a 14-point lead. Williams and Lopez returned to dominate the pace of play, forcing Bulls? coach Tom Thibodeau to take a timeout. A 12-2 Nets? run increased the Brooklyn lead to 22. The Nets made 14 of their final 15 shots and scored 35 total points in the second quarter to take a 25-point lead at the break.
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The Nets are the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, but even entering the final night of the regular season, it's still up in the air.
The Bulls and the Hawks currently have the same record, 44-37. The Bulls own the tiebreaker, though, and last night, the Hawks made a curious decision and may have tipped their hand.
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Brooklyn has already clinched a playoff berth, and as the team looks to set a new franchise record by winning 21 road games this season?they have already won 19?the next four games still mark an important stretch for the team, but for many reasons.
The one loss on the road trip so far came against the Clippers, a team the Nets defeated at home earlier this season. The Clippers are the caliber of team the Nets must beat if they think they are going to make a deep playoff run.
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.comIf you give your opponent more chances to score by turning the ball over, the other team will eventually capitalize on those chances.
In both of the Nets? recent losses to the Mavericks and Bulls, Brooklyn has turned the ball over a combined 41 times. Turning the ball over 20-plus times for games is almost certainly a recipe for disaster.
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The Nets lost both previous matchups to the Heat, but both games were played at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Brooklyn will attempt to keep its eight-game home winning streak alive, but it certainly won?t be easy. Miami has won 12 straight games in the series, including six-straight on the Nets home floor.
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.comWith Monday?s win over the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets hit the official halfway point in their inaugural season.
The team sits at 25-16?nine games over the .500 mark?and just one game behind the Knicks for the lead in the Atlantic Division.
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.comWith just over one fourth of the 2012-2013 NBA season complete, the Brooklyn Nets sit at 13-10 ? good enough for second place in the Atlantic Division and fifth place overall in the Eastern Conference.