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|TV Companion Enhanced Boxscore | Play-By-Play|
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN—Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 93-89 on Friday night.
Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets' first 20 points. A starter didn't score until Joe Johnson's 3-pointer gave Brooklyn an 86-80 lead with 2 minutes to play.
Johnson finished with 13 points for the Nets, who bounced back from a loss to Miami on Wednesday by beating another top Eastern Conference team.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Brook Lopez scored 20-or-more points for the seventh time in the last 10 games...Gerald Wallace pulled down 13 rebounds, his second-most this season...Deron Williams (6 assists) is now seven away from 5,000 for his career. He would be the 56th player in league history to reach that plateau, and only the seventh since 1985-86 to achieve the feat in fewer than 600 games, having played 552.
The Nets are now 17-1 in games they've held the opponent below 90 points...Brooklyn allowed the Bulls just 29 rebounds, an opponent season-low...The Nets are now 18-8 at Barclays Center, including 14-4 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Brooklyn Nets (28-19)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Toko Shengelia (concussion) is OUT.
CHicago Bulls (28-18)
|G · Nate Robinson||G · Richard Hamilton||F · Luol Deng||F · Taj Gibson||C · Nazr Mohammed|
Derrick Rose (left knee) is OUT.
Kirk Hinrich (elbow) is OUT.
Joakim Noah (right foot) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
Carlos Boozer (right hamstring) is DAY-TO-DAY.
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11 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
5-6 FGs, 1-2 FTs, BLK
|On the bench contributing to Friday's victory:
"It was good for us, all the people that played well. C.J. and Andray, MarShon, it’s good to see them get going, get some confidence back.
"It’s good to see those guys get their confidence because we are going to need that as we move forward and especially in the playoffs."