In what amounted to a defensive struggle for both teams, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, 93-89.
The Nets jumped out to an early first-quarter lead on the backs of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, and took a 10-point lead into the second frame.
But the Bulls would storm right back, outscoring the Nets 28-17 in the second quarter, taking a one-point advantage into the second half.
Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks both had huge fourth quarters and were the difference down the stretch for the Nets, ultimately leading their team to victory.
Brooklyn had five players in double figures with two of them coming off the bench. Lopez continued his hot start to this game by finishing with a game-high 20 points.
Marco Belinelli was nothing short of a terror to the Nets as he and Luol Deng both led the Bulls with 18 points on the evening.
Players of the Game: Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks
In such a closely contested game, whoever came out stronger in the fourth quarter was going to take this game. Blatche and Brooks did just that.
Brooks did his damage near the beginning of the quarter as he dropped nine of his 13 points in the first half of the final frame.
Meanwhile, Blatche took the Nets home as he contributed 11 points of his own in the fourth quarter.
In total, Blatche and Brooks combined for 20 of the Nets' 30 points in the final quarter, which was clearly the difference in this game.
What's Next for Brooklyn
The Nets have been up and down of late and haven't really been able to get a winning streak going. However, they have a great opportunity to get one off the ground as they welcome the struggling Los Angeles Lakers into town on Tuesday night.
What's Next for Chicago
The Bulls will be right back at it on Saturday night as they go to Atlanta to take on the Hawks in what should be the definition of a defensive struggle.
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