Notebook: Nets 110, Bulls 91



Posted Apr 30, 2013 1:59 AM

By Abe Schwadron, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Behind a solid performance from Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets avoided elimination in Game 5 by outlasting the Chicago Bulls 110-91 Monday. The Bulls now lead the series 3-2.

Lopez, who came in averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game over the first four games, finished with 28 points (11-for-20 shooting) and 10 rebounds.

Chicago was without starting point guard Kirk Hinrich due to a calf injury. Starting in his place, Nate Robinson scored a team-high 20 points in 43 minutes. Carlos Boozer notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but had just eight field goal attempts on the night.

Deron Williams took advantage of Hinrich's absence, scoring 23 points and dishing out 10 assists. And reserve forward Andray Blatche gave the Nets a big lift in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the final frame.

The Barclays Center crowd closed out the night with its patented "Brook-lyn" chant. Now, Nets fans are just hoping they'll see a Game 7.

QUOTABLE: "I don't really have a social life. I like hanging out with the guys here. So I definitely didn't want the season to end."

-- Nets center Brook Lopez

THE STAT: The Bulls shot 49.3 percent from the field, but Brooklyn won the rebounding battle 44-33, including grabbing 17 offensive boards. The Nets outscored Chicago 24-12 on second chance points, 21-9 on the fast break and 54-42 in the paint.

TURNING POINT: He had a quiet game for 45 minutes and change, but Nets forward Gerald Wallace delivered the dagger on consecutive possessions down the stretch. With the Nets up 98-91, Wallace drilled a 3 off an inbounds play, then stole an errant pass and hammered home a dunk at the other end to extend Brooklyn's lead to 12 with two minutes to play. It was the exclamation point on Game 5, and it brought the house down in the process.

HOT: Lopez continues to have a huge series. He's scored at least 20 points in all five games so far. The last player in Nets franchise history to score 20 or more in at least five straight postseason games was Vince Carter, in the 2007 playoffs.

QUOTABLE II: "We didn't play our best. The rebounding was a big problem. And, defensively, we've got to get better."

-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau

NOT: Chicago is shooting 27.2 percent (18-for-66) from the 3-point line in the series. Robinson was 1-for-5 from deep on Monday night.

GOOD MOVE: After logging just four minutes of playing time in Game 4, Kris Humphries matched his highest scoring output of the series in Game 5 with eight points, all of which came in the second quarter.

ROOKIE WATCH: Bulls rookie point guard Marquis Teague saw just three minutes of action and scored only two points, but he got his money's worth, crossing over former Bull C.J. Watson for a highlight-reel bucket.

BAD MOVE: Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson combined for just five rebounds. Noah came in averaging nine boards a game in the series.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Among the notables in attendance at the Barclays Center were NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, University of Miami point guard Shane Larkin and members of the New York Islanders... Nets fans mercilessly booed Robinson throughout the first half in response to his scuffle with Watson in the second quarter of Game 4.

QUOTABLE III: "I would have been surprised if our guys didn't respond the way they did tonight. It just would have been out of character for the way they've played all year. They've competed in too many other situations to not have competed tonight."

-- Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo

NOTABLE: The Nets are now 6-0 all-time in Game 5s played at home... Only eight teams in NBA history have overcome a 3-1 series deficit. The last team to accomplish that feat? The 2006 Phoenix Suns, who came back against the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers... The last time Nets Carlesimo won two playoff games in the same postseason was 1996, when he was coaching the Portland Trail Blazers.

UP NEXT: Game 6 in Chicago on Thursday.