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Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago
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The Chicago Bulls needed a win, and that is exactly what they went out and got against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night.

The two Eastern Conference foes met for the final time in the regular season, with the Bulls managing to overcome a 16-point deficit to steal the 92-90 victory in Brooklyn.

Thanks to Carlos Boozer's monster night of 29 points and 18 rebounds, the Bulls picked up a game on the Nets, moving to within 1.5 games of securing home-court advantage in the postseason's opening round.

Jimmy Butler earned another start for the ailing Bulls, proving himself once again with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double. Luol Deng tallied 18 points, and Nate Robinson hit the big floater in the closing seconds to win the game.

A monster first half from Brook Lopez and the Nets proved to be not enough, as Brooklyn lost for the third time in four games. Lopez went wild for 28 points, joined by Deron Williams' 30 points and 10 assists, but the duo received little help.

The win moves Chicago to 41-33 on the season, but they still need some help to overtake the Nets for the No. 4 seed in the East to secure home-court advantage in the opening round of the postseason.

Let's hit the Bleacher Report classroom to see how this possible playoff preview graded out for the winners.

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