The Chicago Bulls pulled out a close game against the Brooklyn Nets, 79-76, overcoming a slow start and generally stagnant offense behind suffocating defense.
The Bulls went down 12 early, 17-5, but went on a 24-5 run over the first and second quarters and led 41-34 at halftime. The Nets made a comeback bid down the stretch, but couldn’t finish it when former Bull CJ Watson missed a three at the buzzer that would have tied it. During the Bulls’ run, the Nets missed 25 of 26 shots.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Luol Deng added 21 and 10 of his own. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks.
The win gives the Bulls a 2-1 series lead after splitting a pair of road games to start the series. Game four will be played on Saturday at noon central time at the United Center.