Notebook: Bulls 90, Nets 82



Posted Apr 23, 2013 12:12 AM

Jake Appleman, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Nets' third quarter woes returned and a stifling Bulls defense held the Nets to 11 points on 2-of-19 shooting in the period. The Bulls outlasted the Nets in a 90-82 victory at Barclays Center. Five Bulls scored in double figures -- led by Luol Deng's 17 -- and all nine Bulls that played had a hand in the victory. The Bulls especially fed off of the energy, defense and clutch plays provided by Joakim Noah (11 points, 10 rebounds), who was playing on a minute restriction due to a lengthy bout with plantar fasciitis. Brook Lopez (21 points, five rebounds, three blocks) was the most efficient Net, but yet again his contributions came mostly in the first half. The other three members of the Nets' 'Core Four' (Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace) shot a combined 8-of-34, including 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

QUOTABLE: "We did a good job defensively. When the Nets made a run, we did a good job responding with important shots."
-- Deng.

THE STAT: The Nets shot 15-of-36 in the paint.

TURNING POINT: Joe Johnson missed a pull-up 3-pointer in transition that would have brought the Nets within one. That would be as close as the Nets would get to taking the lead.

QUOTEABLE II: "They picked up their intensity a bit more, but we didn't have continuity offensively and when our shot isn't on, we fall. The series isn't over; it's just begun and we have work to do."
-- Johnson.

QUOTEABLE III: "Their defense was very good. Our execution wasn't as good as it needs to be."
-- Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo on the third quarter.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, and Zab Judah attended the game.

ROOKIE WATCH: No rookie played.

NOTABLE: Noah made a remarkable hustle play midway through the fourth quarter that encapsulated the Bulls' win. He out-hustled two Nets for a loose ball and, while straddling the baseline, flung the ball wildly into the general vicinity of Kirk Hinrich (13 points). Hinrich found Nate Robinson (11 points) open for a straightaway 3-pointer which put the Bulls up 10. ... 11 Nets played, including a period during the second quarter when five reserves were on the court at the same time.

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