Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - The Nets displayed dominating basketball in
their first playoff game in Brooklyn, while taking advantage of a Chicago
Bulls team that continued to play without their standout point guard.
Deron Williams scored 22 points and Brook Lopez added 21, as the Nets
dominated the Bulls, 106-89, in the opener of their Eastern Conference
Joe Johnson totaled 16 points, while Reggie Evans pulled down 13 rebounds for
the fourth-seeded Nets, who gained their first postseason win since May 16,
2007, a Game 5 victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland in the Eastern
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose remained out as he recovers from a torn ACL
suffered in last year's playoffs. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is
"most likely out" for the rest of the postseason.
Without Rose and with All-Star center Joakim Noah hampered by plantar
fasciitis, the Bulls were no match for the Nets.
Carlos Boozer had 25 points and Nate Robinson scored 17 in a reserve role, but
the Bulls allowed the Nets bolt to a 25-point halftime lead and shoot 55.8
percent for the game.
The second contest of this best-of-seven series is Monday, again at Barclays
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