Rapid Reaction: Nets 110, Bulls 91
April, 29, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets are still alive.
The Nets, rebounding from a devastating triple-overtime loss, staved off elimination on Monday night, beating the Chicago Bulls 110-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Barclays Center.
The Nets, who shot 50 percent from the field and uncharacteristically got 21 points on the fast break, now trail the Bulls 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The Nets are 6-0 all time when hosting Game 5.
BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez, continuing his dominant ways in this series, collected 28 points and 10 rebounds. Lopez came in averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks against the Bulls.
CRASH: Gerald Wallace was a solid contributor on offense for a second straight game. No questioning roles here. Wallace hit two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Wallace hit a corner 3, then got a steal and dunk to put the Bulls away.
MR. FOURTH QUARTER: Andray Blatche had 10 of his 13 points in the final period, carrying the Nets down the stretch.
D-WILL: Deron Williams had 13 of his 23 points in the third quarter. The franchise point guard added 10 assists and shot 6-for-14 from the field.
NATE DOG: Nate Robinson, starting in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich, who missed the game due to a bruised left calf, had 20 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Robinson shredded the Nets in Game 4, scoring 23 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter.
SUPPORTING CAST: C.J. Watson had 11 points, while Reggie Evans grabbed 12 rebounds.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Several Islanders -- notably superstar John Tavares and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. The Islanders are slated to play at Barclays Center in 2014-15. Chris Mullin also attended the game.
UP NEXT: Game 6 on Thursday night at United Center. Time TBD.