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[sny-box]Deron Williams scored a team-high 20 points (6-for-11 from the field) to go along with six assists.
Joe Johnson put up 19 (7-for-11, 3-of-4 from deep) with three assists, two rebounds, and played to a +29 rating in 33 minutes.
Paul Pierce had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals, and a team-high +30 rating.
Shaun Livingston registered 14 points and five steals.
After committing just three turnovers Sunday against the Knicks, the Nets forced the Bulls into 28 giveaways.
Jason Collins checked in with 2:41 left in the fourth and was greeting by a standing ovation at the Barclays Center.[/sny-box]
For whatever reason, it's just never easy against this Bulls team, and looked like tonight would prove to be no different. Seemingly cruising by 14 in the fourth, Brooklyn suddenly took their foot off the gas and Chicago jumped right back into the thick of it. The Bulls cut it to nine, but the Nets rediscovered their ability to move the ball. A monster Andrei Kirilenko drunk off a nice feed from Andray Blatche and a long range Paul Pierce three were the daggers, and Brooklyn finally did cruise to the win they've been waiting for.
Very strong defensive effort, especially with Kevin Garnett sitting out his second straight. Remember when this team was absolutely lost on the defensive end of the ball? It's just night and day. Big ups to Paul Pierce, who took on Carlos Boozer with KG sitting out. Very strong defensive game from The Truth.
It certainly looks like Deron Williams in healthy again. D-Will has been a different player since the All Star break, and it even seems his body language is better. Williams completed a nifty circus-like lay up in the fourth, and followed it by succession of high fives of the fans seated in the front row. If he can keep it up, the Nets will be just as dangerous and they promise they'll be in this playoff push.
Ahhh, .500. It feels good! Now, Brooklyn's eyes need to be set on loftier ambitious, and it starts with running down the Raptors. Let's see how they respond to finally wiping the slate clean from that abysmal start.
Brooklyn will be back in action on Wednesday night when the Memphis Grizzlies come to town. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.