- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: At full health, the Nets would’ve had a 0.1 percent chance of beating the Bulls. Without three of their top five players, though, the Nets had no chance at all. Chicago made its first nine shots from the field, shot 76.5 percent in the first quarter and led by as many as 32 in a 109-87 romping of New Jersey on Monday night at United Center East. The Nets (8-18), who have lost three in a row, shot 40.5 percent and went just 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.
D-WON’T: Deron Williams didn’t play poorly at all, finishing with a game-high 25 points points and five assists in 37 minutes on 8-for-16 shooting. He just didn’t have any help. The D-Will vs. Derrick Rose matchup never really materialized because it was a blowout and because Rose sat out the entire second half due to lower back spasms. Rose had four points in 11 minutes, and the Bulls didn’t need him.
SLAPPED: Keith Bogans, who was released by the Bulls before the season started, had seven points and three rebounds in 21 minutes against his former team.
ROCKING THE RETROS: The Nets wore blue ABA throwback jerseys. They looked cool, and said “New York” on the front.
VEAL!: Ex-Net Brian Scalabrine, a fan favorite in Chicago, checked into the game with 2:06 remaining to a standing ovation. No joke. Then he drained a 3-pointer and it felt like the Bulls won the NBA championship. He got “MVP!” chants repeatedly.
STATS OF THE NIGHT: The Nets were outscored on the fastbreak, 23-8 and allowed the Bulls to hit nine of their 15 3-point attempts.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pistons, Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m.