93   99
Eastern Conference Playoffs · First Round
Game 7 · May 4, 2013 · Barclays Center · Brooklyn
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Bulls 29 32 21 17 99
NETS 25 19 31 18 93
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By Ben Couch

BROOKLYN—Saturday at Barclays Center, the Nets' season came to a close with a 99-93 loss to the Bulls. Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 24 points, adding 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Brook Lopez added 21 points and Gerald Wallace, 19.

This was the final game of a seven-game First Round series. The Bulls play the Heat in Miami on Monday.

FINAL: Bulls 99, Nets 93

Energized by the fiery hustle of Reggie Evans underneath (five offensive rebounds in the period), Brooklyn stormed out of the halftime locker room: back-to-back threes by Gerald Wallace chopped the lead to seven points, bringing the Nets back into a game they seemed out of at halftime. They got as close as four, but each time the Nets threatened, a different Chicago player would step up and score.

Brooklyn entered the fourth trailing by seven, having knocked 10 points off the 17-point lead, which matched the largest Brooklyn overcame at home this season, having achieved the feat April 15 against the Wizards. When Bulls rookie Marquis Teague blew an open layup, the Nets raced out in transition and Deron Williams pulled up for a three. It swished, and the crowd came alive with Brooklyn trailing by five.

The Bulls extended the lead to 10 once again, and the Nets again cut it to five, this time on Williams' three-point play. Each team scored, and the closest the Nets would come was Joe Johnson's three from the right side, which bounced off the far side of the rim instead of cutting the lead to two. Marco Belinell, who scored 24 points (8-13 FGs, 3-6 3Ps), hit two free throws, and the seven-point lead proved insurmountable.


The Nets opened Game Seven with a turnover, and then two missed field goals before Deron Williams converted a pullup jumper to get them on the board at 4-2. Those proved to be harbingers for a back-and-forth first that involved both teams trading runs, and then baskets.

Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks made early entries off the bench, each contributing a couple baskets and helping to space the floor for starters Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. The bench unit – anchored by starting two-guard Joe Johnson – hung with the Bulls. C.J. Watson provided five points to bridge the minutes until Williams and Lopez returned halfway through the quarter.

But with the Nets shooting just 8-of-20 , Chicago was able to stretch the lead to a peak of 17. A few late dunks by Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez offered some momentum the Nets will need to build on in the third quarter as they attempt to slice the lead to a manageable deficit entering the fourth. Deron Williams' aggressive play has been an offensive bright spot, but the Nets must engage Brook Lopez (7 points, 3-7 FGs) and continue leaning on Andray Blatche in the post to take advantage of the Bulls' depleted interior. Punishing tired players could wear on the Bulls as their minute totals grow ever higher.

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Brooklyn Nets (3-4)

G · Deron Williams G · Joe Johnson F · Gerald Wallace F · Reggie Evans C · Brook Lopez

Chicago Bulls (4-3)

G · Nate Robinson G · Marco Belinelli F · Jimmy Butler F · Carlos Boozer C · Joakim Noah
Derrick Rose (left knee) is OUT.
Luol Deng (illness) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Taj Gibson (illness) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Kirk Hinrich (left calf) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Joakim Noah (right foot) is DAY-TO-DAY.

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Deron Williams
24 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
8-17 FGs, 4-8 3Ps, 4-6 FTs

Brook Lopez
"We didn't want to go out like this. We competed, we got better this season and we achieved a lot of our goals – but not all of them."

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