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Game 60 | Nets 96, Bulls 80

Bulls with a net loss against Brooklyn

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There are worse days. After all, you could be driving behind a police car and your horn gets stuck. Someone asks you if that’s your car sitting on concrete blocks. You say you’ve got a pair of black and brown shoes at home just like the ones you are wearing. You get behind the Brooklyn Nets by 14 eight minutes into the game and with 28 turnovers you never have much chance of winning this one.

“It was definitely a letdown,” said Joakim Noah, who had 10 points, six rebounds and just one assist but six turnovers after that record breaking performance against the Knicks Sunday. “We didn’t play well tonight. We played well yesterday. The highs and lows of the NBA. It’s all part of the journey. Playing in front of your family, playing in front of your friends. You lay an egg. They did a good job tonight.

“We’ll see those guys again,” added Noah, who said his sprained ankle was not an issue. “You’ve got to bounce back.”

If there was anything much to say for the Bulls in a game they never led was they came back from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to get within 80-71 with 6:32 left. But Deron Williams, who led the Nets with 20 points, came back with a three pointer after yet another Bulls turnover. And after a Noah miss, Andrei Kirilenko got free on good Nets ball movement for a dunk and the Nets were finally putting it away with a Paul Pierce three.

“Mentally, the Bulls have really had our number,” said Pierce. “To be honest, if I was them I’d feel like when they come play the Nets they feel like they could beat us every time. I think the guys really had pride tonight to say, `We’re tired of getting pushed around by the Bulls.’”

And after that disappointing seventh game playoff loss in Brooklyn last spring and Bulls wins this season by 16 and 17 points, the Nets hit first, as the saying goes in the NBA, and this time it was the Bulls too wobbled to make a comeback.

The Nets moved to 29-29 while the Bulls are 33-27 with just their second loss in the last 11 games…


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