The entire Nets team struggled offensively as they shot 38.8% from the floor. The team finished with just 12 assists on the game, with Williams contributing five of those. Brooklyn turned the ball over 15 times. In addition to that, Brooklyn made just 19-28 free throws, good for 67.9%.
It was in all a poor performance by Williams. He finished with 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and six turnovers as he made just 4-14 attempts from the floor.
Johnson also struggled mightily. The Nets lone All-Star this season finished with just 11 points, one rebound, one assist and three turnovers as he too shot just 4-14.
For the home team, it was an all around collective effort. Joakim Noah was terrific as he scored 14 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out seven assists and blocked two shots. Carlos Boozer scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich had seven assists. Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy each scored 14. Taj Gibson had 16 points, five boards and two blocks off the bench.
Chicago didn't score a ton of points but they moved the ball extremely well offensively, finishing with 27 assists. The Bulls shot 50% from the field.
Yet again as has been the trend lately, Brooklyn was completely outdone on the boards. The rebounding margin was 45-27 in favor of Chicago. In recent losses, the Nets have been getting destroyed on the glass.
Brooklyn came out sluggish as they trailed 29-19 at the end of the first quarter. Chicago was able to sustain an eight point lead at halftime up 49-41, and then again at the end of the third quarter up 69-61.
This game was actually close as the Nets cut the Bulls lead to 75-72 after a three-pointer from Andrei Kirilenko late in the fourth. However, Chicago answered with a three-pointer from D.J. Augustin. The Bulls finished the game on a 17-4 run.
Each team will now head to the All-Star break. Chicago holds a record of 27-25 while Brooklyn sits at 24-27. The Nets will come back from All-Star and go on the road for six more contests before finally coming back to Brooklyn March 3rd.
The team will need to come out with much better effort and energy if they hope to have a successful road trip.
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