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Monday, April 29, 2013
Wallace: We're better than the Bulls
By Mike Mazzeo
Gerald Wallace, who slammed Chicago on Monday, has scored 29 points in two games.
away in Game 5 on Monday night.
With the Nets up by seven late in the fourth quarter, Wallace drilled a 3-pointer, then followed with a steal and dunk to give them a commanding 103-91 lead.
Brooklyn went on to rout Chicago, 110-91, at Barclays Center to get within 3-2 of the Bulls in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
“Our backs are against the wall right now, but we’re a fighting team and we’re not ready to go home,” said Wallace, who scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting -- including 2-for-4 from 3-point range.
“We feel like we’re better than this team and we’ve just had some games slip away. We feel like we’re good enough and a better team and we can win three in a row just like they did.”
In the last two games of the series, Wallace has scored a combined 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting -- 4-for-8 from downtown.
Is this really the same player that claimed he had no idea what his role was going into Game 4?
“I just didn’t hesitate. I just shot it,” Wallace said. “That’s what I want to do more of this season: stay in attack mode and be aggressive.”
So ... about that whole late-game sequence?
“It was good. Whatever I can do to help,” Wallace said.
For much of the season, Wallace has inflicted the majority of the damage on his defensive end. But it sounds as though he’s regained his confidence on the offensive end of the floor.
If it continues, the Nets will be that much more dangerous going forward.
“I feel pretty good [confidence-wise]. The main thing is not to think about it, just play,” he said.