Kirk Hinrich was ruled out before the game and there were talks of Luol Deng , Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson being sick with the flu. Only Luol Deng missed the game but it was clearly an advantage for the Nets.
First Half: With limited offensive firepower, the Bull surprisingly shot well for the first quarter. The Nets were trading baskets with them and they had a nice lead for most of the half. Joe Johnson was more than a decoy in first quarter. He scored 10 points, shooting a couple of fade away shots looking healthy. Marco Belinelli and Gerald Wallace were battling in the second quarter and Belinelli took advantage .He left off with 13 and 6 assist. Deron Williams ended the quarter with a 4 point play on Nate Robinson which also gave him his third foul. That was a huge shot but they only had a 7 point lead at the half. Both teams shot over 50% from the field but Chicago lead in the rebounding stat with 19.
Second Half: The Bulls struggled to score in the opening quarter and they also got into foul trouble. They committed 4 team fouls and Boozer also committed his fourth. The Nets did not take advantage because they forgot how to play defense and score. In the third quarter, they shot 3 for 15 and missed several free throws. The Bulls being in foul trouble helped the Nets but Belinelli made sure the game was close. The fourth quarter was no different but they did maintain a minimal lead. The Bulls did everything in their power to win but the absence of Deng combined with Boozer fouling out was too much to overcome . Robinson hit a few clutch shots and almost made it another scary night. Belinelli had a chance to tie it at three but he missed and Joakim Noah stepped out of bounds with the rebound. The Nets escaped with the win and Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists. For the Bulls, Belinelli was the high scorer finishing with 22 points and 7 assists.
Final Score: 95-92 Nets
Most Disappointing Stat of The Game: 22-33 from the free throw line.
Promising Stat of The Game: 10 points from Johnson in the first quarter.
Scariest Moment of The Game Belinelli with the potential tying three pointer.
Best Moment of The Game: Andray Blatche making two free throws with 19 seconds left.