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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 83, Nets 82

By Mike Mazzeo

WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets blew it.

Playing their second game in as many nights, the Nets led the Chicago Bulls 77-71 with 5:37 left but were outscored 12-5 the rest of the way and saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 83-82 loss on Saturday night at United Center.

Deron Williams, who finished with a game-high 24 points -- 13 in the first quarter -- along with 5 assists and 4 turnovers, missed a pull-up jumper that would’ve tied the game with six seconds remaining. A 15-4 run to start the final period had given the Nets that six-point lead.

Brooklyn (13-10) shot just 38.7 percent from the field and was plagued by 18 turnovers. The Nets were outscored on the fast break, 19-4. They are just 4-9 against teams at .500 or better.

BROOK-LYN: In his second game back from a sprained right foot, Brook Lopez made his first five shots and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his third double-double of the season.

MINUTEMEN: Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace both logged 50 minutes in Friday night’s double-overtime victory. Johnson overcame early foul trouble to score 14 of his 16 points in the second half, while Wallace contributed a season-high 4 blocks and 9 rebounds.

BACK IN CHITOWN: C.J. Watson (3 points in 15 minutes) and Keith Bogans (scoreless in 18 minutes) both used to play for the Bulls.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Jazz on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.