Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Tuesday, December 8th
Nets103Final
Bulls101
Game 2: Saturday, March 27th
Nets83Final
Bulls106
Game 3: Friday, April 9th
Bulls116Final
2OT
Nets127

Nets 83

(9-64, 4-33 away)

Bulls 106

(34-38, 21-15 home)

Coverage: WGNS

8:00 PM ET, March 27, 2010

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 23 14 19 2783
CHI 28 25 29 24106

Top Performers

New Jersey: T. Williams 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Chicago: J. Pargo 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

Bulls get season-high 27 from Pargo, stop Nets' win streak

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls made it look easy against the New Jersey Nets.

Jannero Pargo scored a season-high 27 points, and Taj Gibson had a career-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds to help the Bulls beat the Nets 106-83 on Saturday night.

The Bulls were coming off a 29-point home loss to Miami on Thursday night and had lost 11 of their last 13 games, but were able to take advantage of the NBA-worst Nets.

Friedell: Pargo Plays Part

With rookie James Johnson having to sit out Saturday's game because of a torn fascia in his right foot, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro rolled the dice and stuck Jannero Pargo in the starting lineup. Del Negro's hunch paid off, writes Nick Friedell. Blog

"It feels good to play, but it feels better to win right now," said Chicago's Joakim Noah, recovering from plantar fasciitis. "We played with a little of an edge tonight. They're not a great team but it doesn't matter. We lost to this team before and it was important for us to come out with the right mentality and we did."

A night after the Nets eliminated any chance of setting a record for fewest wins in a season by beating Detroit for their second straight victory, they fell behind by 21 points in the second quarter.

The lone bright spot for the Nets came when Jarvis Hayes scored the first nine points of the third quarter on three consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Bulls lead to 53-46, but the Bulls quickly pulled away for good with a 10-0 run. Pargo led the run, hitting a 3 to give the Bulls a 63-46 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.

"We just did not come out to play tonight," New Jersey interim head coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "We didn't have the energy we the past few games. We didn't have the drive or the intensity. Everybody struggled. I don't think there was too many exceptions tonight."

Brad Miller had 14 points and six rebounds, and Hakim Warrick added 10 points for the Bulls, 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Hayes finished with 14 points, and Terrence Williams led the Nets with 16 points.

"We just didn't come with the intensity from last night. It didn't carry over. It's frustrating," Hayes said. "We just couldn't get a stop. We fought to get their lead back to a reasonable, to seven. They made plays, and kind of got back out ahead."

Chicago was without injured forwards Luol Deng and James Johnson. Deng missed his eighth straight game with a calf injury, and Johnson, who was starting in Deng's place, was out with plantar fasciitis. Noah played limited minutes, but the injury didn't slow him down. He keyed a number of Bulls' fast breaks in the third quarter and had dunks over Brooke Lopez and Kris Humphries.

"You can see how valuable Joakim is with his length and size. He was blocking shots and getting us out on the fast break. He is effective and can change the complexion of the game," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said.

With the injuries, Gibson picked up his play. He scored 14 points and had six rebounds in the first quarter and ended the half with 16 points. Pargo made a rare start and contributed 14 points in the first half. He made back-to-back jumpers during an 11-0 run in the second quarter.

Game notes


Johnson's status is unknown for Sunday's afternoon game at Detroit. ... Pargo made his fifth start of the season. ... Vandeweghe caught a couple of minutes of the West Virginia-Kentucky game in the media room just minutes before tip-off, presumably to watch Kentucky freshman guard John Wall. ... Harris was called for a technical from the Nets' bench for apparently arguing with officials.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NJ
CHI
Points 83 106
FGM-FGA 29-81 (.358) 37-84 (.440)
3PM-3PA 10-22 (.455) 7-13 (.538)
FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 25-29 (.862)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 9-54
Assists 16 30
Turnovers 9 8
Steals 3 4
Blocks 9 4
Fast Break Points 10 17
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/1) 16 (1/0)
Largest Lead 6 28

Top Performers

New Jersey
Chicago
Terrence Williams Williams
Points: 16
Reb: 6
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Jannero Pargo Pargo
Points: 27
Reb: 4
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 0