Notebook: Nets 106, Bulls 89



Posted Apr 21, 2013 12:05 AM

By Jake Appleman, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Brooklyn Nets never trailed in their Brooklyn playoff debut, a thorough 106-89 dismantling of the Chicago Bulls Saturday at Barclays Center.

Contributions came from everywhere for the Nets, who shot 55.8 percent against the Bulls' vaunted defense. Deron Williams (22 points, seven assists) and Brook Lopez (21 points, five rebounds, three blocks) dominated, especially in the first quarter. Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans delighted a raucous crowd with aggressive play, and C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche hit numerous timely shots off the bench. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 25 points and eight rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "We just needed to keep up our energy. We felt like we were supposed to win all four games [against the Bulls] in the regular season."

-- Gerald Wallace

THE STAT: The Nets outscored the Bulls 56-36 in the paint and Chicago missed 17 shots in the lane.

TURNING POINT: An 8-0 run in the middle of the second quarter, punctuated by a Watson 3-pointer that staked the Nets to a 20-point lead. The Nets pushed the lead to 25 by halftime and the Bulls never recovered.

QUOTABLE II: "Everybody was excited for this game. It's been a long time coming for this organization."

-- Deron Williams

QUOTABLE III: "[Heck] yeah, I'll be out there."

-- Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision in this one due to injury, on whether he would play in Game 2 on Monday

INSIDE THE ARENA: Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addressed the crowd before the game. Shortly after, Jerry Stackhouse sang the national anthem to thunderous applause. Arguably the loudest crowd the Nets had all season, Brooklyn chants echoed through the arena with impressive frequency.

ROOKIE WATCH: Tyshawn Taylor and Mirza Teletovic checked in with 79 seconds remaining in the blowout.

NOTABLE: Lopez and Williams accounted for 21 of the team's 25 first-quarter points as the Nets took a 25-14 lead into the second quarter. ... Wallace's 14 points were the most he has scored since in a loss to the Clippers on March 23. ... The Nets turned the ball over only eight times. ... Williams rose high for a reverse slam in the third quarter, eciting the crowd.

UP NEXT: For the Bulls, Monday @ Brooklyn. Thursday vs. Brooklyn. Saturday vs. Brooklyn. For the Nets, Monday vs. Chicago. Thursday @ Chicago. Saturday @ Chicago.