Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press
CHICAGO—Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday.
The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into third, giving them an 18-point lead. They opened March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February, just their second losing month in 2 1/2 seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau.
Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points - 14 in the first quarter - but the Nets fell for the fourth time in five games. Deron Williams cooled off, finishing with 14 after averaging 27 over the previous three games. Joe Johnson scored 11 in his second game back after missing three with a foot injury.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Brooklyn Nets (34-26)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Jerry Stackhouse (personal reasons) is OUT.
Chicago Bulls (34-25)
|G · Kirk Hinrich||G · Marco Bellinelli||F · Luol Deng||F · Carlos Boozer||C · Joakim Noah|
Derrick Rose (left knee) is OUT.
Taj Gibson (left knee) is OUT.
Richard Hamilton (lower back) is DAY-TO-DAY.
Kirk Hinrich (right elbow) is DAY-TO-DAY.
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|22 PTS, 3 REB, 3 BLK
9-16 FGs, 4-5 FTs
|"We definitely want home court advantage. We want the best situation possible. With these games, it's very tough to take the loss. We just have to bounce back. We don't want the streak to continue."|