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Chicago uses defense to even series with Brooklyn



Published: Tue, April 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

NEW YORK

Chicago evened its playoff series the only way it knows how: with bruising Bulls defense.

Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Bulls beat Brooklyn, 90-82, on Monday night to even their first-round series at one game apiece.

Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason.

Chicago held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.

Noah finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who host Game 3 on Thursday.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points for the Nets, who shot 35 percent from the field and were just 4 of 21 from 3-point range. Star point guard Deron Williams was 1 of 9, finishing with eight points.

After an unrecognizable defensive effort in a 106-89 loss in Game 1, when they allowed the Nets to shoot 16 of 20 in the second quarter, the Bulls got back to the mentality that has helped them overcome a number of injuries, including the absence of Derrick Rose.

Noah, who has battled plantar fasciitis and whose status was in question, played 26 minutes, just passing the 20-to-25 to which coach Tom Thibodeau said he would be limited.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points but shot 6 of 18 for the Nets.


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