Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - With their backs against the wall, the
Brooklyn Nets couldn't afford another fourth-quarter collapse.
For the second straight game they led after three quarters, and this time made
sure they finished the job.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez bounced back from poor late finishes in Game 4
to post double-doubles, and the Nets staved off elimination by pounding the
Chicago Bulls, 110-91, at Barclays Center in Game 5 of their Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series.
With Brooklyn blowing a 14-point lead late, Williams and Lopez combined for
just seven points through three overtimes of a heart-breaking 142-134 loss in
Chicago on Saturday, but the pair carried the Nets on Monday to keep their
Williams totaled 23 points and 10 assists, Lopez racked up 28 points with 10
rebounds and Andray Blatche contributed 10 of his 13 points in a fourth
quarter where the Nets outscored the Bulls by a 33-18 count.
The series will shift back to Chicago for Game 6 on Thursday.
Nate Robinson, whose heroics single-handedly got Chicago to overtime in Game
4, made his first career playoff start with Kirk Hinrich resting a sore left
calf and finished with a team-high 20 points and eight assists.
Jimmy Butler added 18 points and Carlos Boozer totaled a 10-point, 10-rebound
double-double in the setback.
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