Even without five players — including their two best players — the Chicago Bulls found a way to win on the road, erasing a 16-point deficit en route to a 92-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets after Brook Lopez’s jumper rimmed out as time expired.
By all rights, the Bulls had no business winning this game. Missing fully one third of their roster, and relying on Vladimir Radmanovic to play actual minutes and Nazr Mohammed to play heavy minutes, they got down early but somehow came back. Carlos Boozer was huge, scoring 29 points and grabbing 18 rebounds and carrying the Bulls down the stretch before Nate Robinson (12 points) hit a floater in the lane with 22 seconds left to put them ahead for good.
For Brooklyn, Brook Lopez dominated early and finished with 28 points, but self-destructed down the stretch. Deron Williams had a huge game of his own, with 30 points and 10 assists.
The Bulls will now return to Chicago where they will take on the Orlando Magic Friday night at the United Center.