Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nets vs Bulls Recap: Nets Eliminated

With the series tied at three wins a piece for the Nets and Bulls, the two teams took the floor for the deciding game seven at Barclays Center. The Bulls came out with an all-out effort and beat the Nets 99-93. The Nets are now eliminated from the playoffs.

The first half left a lot to be desired for Nets fans everywhere. The first quarter was more evenly matched. The Nets shot 56% in the first while Chicago shot 50% but the lack of rebounding by the Nets cost them. They trailed the Bulls 29-25 after one. When the second quarter came along, Chicago completely destroyed the Nets in every aspect of the game. They outscored Brooklyn 32-19 in the quarter, giving them a 61-44 lead at halftime. The Nets looked lost the entire half, which could be defined by all the blown defensive assignments leading to easy baskets. Deron Williams and Andray Blatche played their parts, but they were the only ones who did. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez both got off to terrible starts scoring a combined seven points, all belonging to Brook Lopez. The ability of Chicago to crash the boards was blatant in the first half. The Nets couldn't box out the likes of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer to save their lives.

The third quarter was all Nets, but they couldn't close the gap completely. They trimmed the Chicago lead down to seven all thanks to the spectacular play by Gerald Wallace, who made three three-pointers in the quarter. Not only did the offense step up, but the defense did as well. The Nets outscored Chicago 31-21 in that third quarter, making the score 82-75. The fourth quarter was the Nets final opportunity to finish an epic comeback off, but it couldn't be done. The offense couldn't get going soon enough and the Nets in the fourth. They out-scored Chicago 18-17, but it wasn't enough.

Deron Williams was the Nets leading scorer, putting up 24 points while dishing out seven assists. Brook Lopez added 21 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Wallace had himself an outstanding game putting up 19 points and dishing out five assists. Joe Johnson decided to not show up tonight, putting up six points on 2-14 shooting.

For the Bulls, Joakim Noah absolutely abused Brook Lopez and put up 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Marco Belinelli put up 24 points as well and Carlos Boozer added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Final Score: 99-93 Bulls
Most Disappointing Stat of The Game: Joe Johnson 6 points on 2-14 shooting
Promising Stat of The Game: Gerald Wallace 19 points
Scariest Moment of The Game: Chicago taking a 17 point lead.
Best Moment of The Game: Deron Williams with the 55 foot bounce pass to Gerald Wallace
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