Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Tuesday, November 27th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 11th
Game 3: Friday, February 15th
Game 4: Sunday, March 3rd

Bulls 68

(1-12, 0-9 away)

Nets 100


    7:30 PM ET, November 27, 2001

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 21 21 6 2068
    NJ 28 24 24 24100

    Top Performers

    Chi: B. Miller 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    NJ: T. MacCulloch 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Bulls held to six points in third, season-low 68

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- There's another side to the much-improved New Jersey Nets. Not only can they play an uptempo game with Jason Kidd, they showed the Chicago Bulls they can play defense, too.

    Todd MacCulloch had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Nets tied two team records for defense by holding Chicago to six third-quarter points in a 100-68 win Tuesday night.

    The six points tied the Nets' record for fewest points allowed in a quarter, set against Boston on Jan. 9, 1990. The 68 points tied a franchise mark for the fewest points allowed in a game. Charlotte also scored 68 on Jan. 13, 1998.

    "This was a very dangerous game, probably our most dangerous game of the year," said Nets forward Keith Van Horn, who added 19 points and 10 rebounds. "We get in at 7 a.m the night before and have to play a team that's not going well. Games like this are tough. We understood that and didn't take them lightly."

    Coming off a nine-day, five-game West Coast road trip, it might have been easy for the Nets to overlook the Bulls. They had won only once in 12 games and were winless in nine straight.

    "We knew this was a tough game," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "You are coming off that road trip and a lot of times that game is the toughest one. I have to give our guys a lot of credit."

    The Nets led almost from the start. They put the game away in the third quarter, limiting the Bulls to 3-of-18 shooting from the field.

    The six points in the quarter also tied the Bulls' record for fewest points scored, set on Nov. 6, 1993 against Miami.

    That was in the season after Michael Jordan retired for the first time. Those Bulls had Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and some other good players. This Chicago team has almost no talent.

    "I can't name one player who did anything right," said Bulls center Brad Miller, who tied for team-high honors with 13 points.

    "In the third quarter, we just couldn't get anything down," added Chicago coach Tim Floyd, whose team is winless in nine road games and off to a 1-12 start for the third straight year. "We have to get cheap baskets. We can't rise up and get jump shots."

    The 68 points was a season low for Chicago, which also got 13 points from Marcus Fizer.

    The victory gave the Nets a 10-5 record, their best start since 1997-98, the only time they have made the playoffs in the last seven years. It was witnessed by a crowd of 5,234 -- the Nets' smallest of the year. Last season, New Jersey didn't win its 10th game until Jan. 2.

    The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.

    "We needed a win," said MacCulloch, who shot 8-of-17 from the field in posting his fourth double-double. "We needed to get back on track. We didn't finish the trip well and we knew we have to take care of our home court."

    Kerry Kittles had 10 of his 14 points in the big third quarter and Jason Kidd had 12 points and eight assists for the Nets.

    With Kidd shooting 5-of-7 and scoring all his points, the Nets took a 28-21 lead after the first quarter. The margin grew to 10 at halftime, and then New Jersey put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 24-6.

    Chicago hit two baskets in the opening 1:49 and then made only one more shot the rest of the way in being outscored 21-2. The Bulls shot 3-of-18, or 16.7 percent.

    Kittles started a 17-0 run with 9:49 to go, hitting a jumper. Greg Anthony finally ended the run with a driving layup with 2:37 to go to make the score 72-48.

    Reserves played the fourth quarter.

    Game notes
    Nets rookie forward Richard Jefferson missed his third straight game with a sprained knee. ... Former Princeton C Steve Goodrich played 20 minutes after being signed by the Nets earlier in the day. ... The teams split four games last season. ... Ron Mercer, who leads the Bulls in scoring with a 17.4 average, had four points on 2-of-11 shooting. MacCulloch's 13 rebounds tied his career best...

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 100
    FGM-FGA 29-72 (.403) 40-84 (.476)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 9-13 (.692) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 17-46
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 22 10
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 6 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 13 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 13
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Todd MacCulloch MacCulloch
    Points: 18
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3