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Tonight, the Nets return to the Barclays Center to host the Chicago Bulls, finally returning home after their longest road trip of the season.

The Nets haven't played a game in Brooklyn since February 12, and a win today would be their fifth straight home win, and it would mean reaching the .500 mark on the season for the first time November 5, when they were 2-2 after four games.

Standing in their way is a surging Chicago team that's been a thorn in their side ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn. The Bulls are tied with the Indiana Pacers the best record in the Eastern Conference since the start of the new calendar year.

Chicago is 21-8 since January 1, a .724 winning percentage in that span. The Nets are 18-8 since January 1 themselves, good for fourth in the East over that span.

The Bulls have won four straight and nine of their last 10, and they're looking for a season sweep of the Nets after dominating Brooklyn in both previous matchups.

The Nets have failed to score 80 points in just two games this season. Both of those games were losses to the Bulls.

Chicago's heart and soul is All-Star center Joakim Noah, who has emerged as an outstanding all-around player.

Noah recorded his fifth career triple-double on Sunday night, with 14 assists, 13 points, and 12 rebounds.

The 14 assists set a new Bulls franchise record for a center, and they were the most assists any center has had in an NBA game since at least the 1985-86 season, according to the league.

Key Matchup: Keeping Noah in check is the most important thing for the Nets, especially on the glass. He's not typically a volume scorer, but he can affect the game in many ways, as Brooklyn is well aware from their past run-ins with him.

Kevin Garnett is a game-time decision tonight with a back injury, which kept him out of Saturday's game as well. Reserves Andray Blatche, Mason Plumlee and Jason Collins will likely match up with Noah if Garnett is unable to go.

Player to Watch: Marcus Thornton had a terrific game off the bench Saturday night, and tonight he plays in front of his new home fans for the first time.

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