Notebook: Nets 93, Bulls 89

Posted Feb 1, 2013 11:37 PM

Jake Appleman, for

THE FACTS: Excellent fourth quarters from Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks carried the Nets past the undermanned Bulls, 93-89, at Barclays Center. Five Nets scored in double figures, including Brook Lopez who had 20. Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng led the Bulls with 18 points apiece.

QUOTABLE: "I just try to be solid, try to be solid, not try to force the issue, try to be solid and be decisive. When I get in trouble, that's when I think too much."
- Brooks.

THE STAT: Brooks, Blatche and C.J. Watson combined for 25 points off the Nets' bench in the fourth quarter.

TURNING POINT: Two shots from Brooks to open the fourth quarter -- one of them a 3-pointer -- spurred a 16-6 run, turning a four-point deficit into a six-point advantage.

QUOTABLE II: "It's day-to-day. We want them to get healthy. Once they get healthy, they'll be back playing, but we can't wait on them."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, on his team missing Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Allison Barlow won two tickets to every event at Barclays Center for a year after being the arena's millionth guest. She was honored at center court with Nets owner Mikahil Prokhorov and Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner.

ROOKIE WATCH: Marquis Teague went scoreless in six minutes of action.

NOTABLE: Deron Williams rolled his ankle late in the second quarter and had to be taken to the locker room. He returned at the beginning of the second half. .... Wallace knocked over referee Bennett Salvatore immediately following a jump ball and then committed foul on the ensuing possession. ... Brooklyn native Taj Gibson put up 16 points and nine rebounds. ... The victory snapped the Bulls' 14-game road winning streak on Fridays. ... The Bulls shot 1-14 from distance.

UP NEXT: For the Bulls, Saturday @ Atlanta, Monday @ Indiana, Wednesday @ Denver. For the Nets, Tuesday vs. L.A. Lakers, Wednesday @ Detroit, Friday @ Washington.