Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 84

(16-43, 3-26 away)

Nets 92

(39-19, 24-6 home)

    3:00 PM ET, March 3, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 17 22 14 3184
    NJ 25 22 19 2692

    Top Performers

    Chi: J. Rose 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    NJ: J. Collins 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Collins posts 17 points, 12 rebounds as Nets roll

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After trailing by as many as 23 points in each of their previous three games, the New Jersey Nets had a sense of urgency Sunday in facing the Chicago Bulls.

    Some of the less-heralded members of the Nets directed the Eastern Conference leaders back on track.

    Jason Collins scored 17 points and matched a career-high with 12 rebounds, and Lucious Harris scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 92-84 victory over the Bulls.

    "Since we were down 20 the last few games, I knew we had to come out aggressive," said Collins, who entered the game averaging just 3.6 points. "I think we all had that aggressive mindset to start the game. If I'm open, I know Jason (Kidd) is going to find me. I know it's not how it always is."

    Kenyon Martin added 15 points, and Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn each scored 14 as New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak and extended its home winning streak to five games.

    The Nets have beaten the Bulls in four consecutive games for the first time since 1982.

    Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 27 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Marcus Fizer scored 15 points, and Eddie Robinson had 12.

    Collins, starting in place of the injured Todd MacCulloch, scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as New Jersey seized the lead in the opening minutes and never looked back.

    Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said his team didn't guard Collins well.

    "I thought Jason Collins killed us early," Cartwright said. "I was disappointed that our big guys were allowing that guy to hurt us."

    Harris got some open looks down the stretch, helping the Bulls cut New Jersey's lead to 83-78 with 3:13 left.

    "It felt like college, with all the zone being played out there," said Harris, who is averaging 9.5 points. "But I had a chance to hit the open shots, and that's what our offense is designed to do. If I'm that open, I have to make something happen."

    Martin got a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul, his sixth of the season, when he tried to run through a pick set by rookie Eddy Curry in the third quarter.

    Nets coach Byron Scott said he didn't agree with the call.

    "Kenyon was hit a couple of times and then went back," Scott said. "It was a hard foul, but not flagrant. We'll take a look at it. I'll talk to Stu (Jackson, the NBA's director of operations) and see what direction we'll go in."

    Game notes

    Although New Jersey's MacCulloch is eligible to come off the injured list in time for the game Tuesday against the Lakers, no decision has been made whether he'll be activated. MacCulloch, who has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, shot free throws during practice Saturday. ... Kidd had nine assists, five points and five rebounds. He only took five shots from the field.

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