Not So Fast Brooklyn…Bulls Take Game Two
With strong efforts from Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and an injured but valiant Joakim Noah, the Chicago Bulls rode a double digit lead into the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 Monday night in game two of their first round NBA playoff series. The win evens up the series as one game each as it moves to Chicago’s United Center Thursday night for game three.
Luol Deng led the Bulls in scoring with 15 points, also adding 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Joakim Noah had perhaps the most impressive performance of all, fighting through the pain of a foot injury with a tremendous effort to score 11 points and 10 rebounds. Brook Lopez led the Nets in scoring, with 21 points.
The Bulls held the Nets to just 11 points in the third quarter after a tight first half, building up a double digit lead that proved big enough to survive a fourth quarter Nets rally. The best-of-seven series now shifts to Chicago for games three and four.