CHICAGO — Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Devin
Harris hit to the go-ahead basket with 14.9 seconds left Tuesday night as the
New Jersey Nets got their second win of the season and first on the road,
beating the Chicago Bulls 103-101.
The Nets, who got off the worst start in NBA history at
0-18 before beating Charlotte and then losing to the Knicks, are now 2-19 —
including 1-12 away from home.
Chris Douglas-Roberts added 20 points and Harris had 17
for New Jersey.
Derrick Rose scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth
quarter for Chicago, which lost for the eighth time in nine games. Luol Deng
also had 27 for the Bulls.
Rose drove past Courtney Lee and banked in a high arching
shot to give Chicago a 100-99 lead with 19.5 seconds remaining.
But Harris answered with a driving shot of his own with
Rose guarding him, putting the Nets back up 101-100 with 14.9 seconds to go.
After a timeout, Chicago's John Salmons missed a jumper
before Rafer Alston made two at the free throw line with 6.3 seconds remaining,
giving New Jersey a 103-100 lead.
Rose was fouled with 2.1 seconds to go. He made the first
and missed the second intentionally before Lopez grabbed the rebound — his 10th
of the game — as the buzzer sounded.
Douglas-Roberts had three baskets as the Nets began the
second half with a 10-0 run to pull out to a 64-54 lead, and they increased it
to 12 on a basket by Lopez, who would later pick up his third and fourth fouls
in the third quarter.
The Nets led 80-70 after three, and when the Bulls
missed four straight free throws to start the final period, the boos began to
pour down at the United Center.
Then the Bulls went on a 9-0 run.
Taj Gibson sank a jumper, Rose drove for a basket, Deng
dunked and Salmons hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to one.
Lopez picked up a loose ball to score for the Nets, but
Deng hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 82.
Rose finally put the Bulls ahead with a basket at 94-93
but Harris responded with a drive, and Douglas-Roberts sank a jumper for a
three-point Nets' lead with 2:10 left.
Entering the game, the Nets were averaging an
NBA-low 87.6 points per game. The Bulls were two from the bottom at 90.4. …
Chicago rookie Gibson scored a career-high 20 on 8-of-12 shooting after he was
replaced in the starting lineup by Brad Miller.
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