CHICAGO, Nov. 5 (Ticker) --
Alonzo Mourning led the New Jersey Nets in
what he hopes may be one of his last appearances with the team.
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Mourning scored two late baskets and Richard Jefferson was an
assist shy of a triple-double as the Nets escaped with a 111-106
double-overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Earlier Friday, Mourning - who finished with 17 points and six
blocks - asked New Jersey management to buy out his contract,
enabling him to join a team with a better chance of winning a
Jefferson added 26 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and nine
assists in 57 minutes for New Jersey, which led by as many as 27
in the first half. Jefferson did have 11 turnovers.
Guard Kirk Hinrich sparked Chicago's rally, scoring 17 of his
career-high 34 points in a third quarter in which the Bulls
outscored the Nets, 31-18. Rookie forward Luol Deng impressed
in his NBA debut, scoring nine of his 18 points in the fourth
Mourning came off the bench to score eight points in the Nets
14-4 run to close out the first quarter. New Jersey scored the
first 16 points of the second quarter to take a 41-15.
The Bulls were without center Eddy Curry and forward Antonio
Davis, both of whom served the first of two-game suspensions
stemming from an altercation in a preseason game against
Washington on October 25.