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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nets 96, Bulls 94

By Nick Friedell

NEWARK, NJ. -- Let's take a quick look at how the New Jersey Nets pulled out a last second 96-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

How it happened: After yet again playing without much energy throughout the first three quarters of the game, the Bulls bench brought them almost all the way back in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't meant to be. Sasha Vujacic grabbed a rebound with just over five seconds left and dropped it home. Derrick Rose missed a shot at the buzzer and the Bulls were left to ponder how they just dropped a game to the lowly Nets.

What it means: The Bulls got in late because of issues with their plane, but it shouldn't have mattered. They have a lot more talent than the Nets, yet they played down to their competition one more time. It's a disturbing trend for a team that wants to elevate into the upper echelon of the NBA. The Bulls have pulled these games out throughout the year, but this time they simply dug themselves too much of a hole and didn't have the right answers late.

Stats of the night: Fast break points -- Nets 21-Bulls 5; The Bulls were 20-for-30 from the free throw line.

What's next: The Bulls have a day off Thursday before facing off against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. It will be interesting to see how Luol Deng bounces back after playing 40-plus minutes two nights in a row.