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.....Brooklyn Nets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Chicago Bulls
1Deron WilliamsKirk Hinrich
2Shaun LivingstonJimmy Butler
3Joe JohnsonMike Dunleavy
4Paul PierceCarlos Boozer
5Mason PlumleeJoakim Noah
The Good: The Nets are 10-2 at the Barclays Center since the start of the calendar year, and they're 11-2 at home since their loss to the Bulls at the Barclays Center back on Christmas Day...Brooklyn has won their last four home games overall.

The Bad: The Bulls have won nine of their last 10...Chicago is tied for the best record in the conference since January 1 at 21-8...The Bulls held the Nets under 80 points in each of their last two matchups...Kevin Garnett (back) is out tonight for Brooklyn.

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Tonight, the Nets return to the Barclays Center to host the Chicago Bulls, finally returning home after their longest road trip of the season.

The Nets haven't played a game in Brooklyn since February 12, and a win today would be their fifth straight home win, and it would mean reaching the .500 mark on the season for the first time November 5, when they were 2-2 after four games.

Standing in their way is a surging Chicago team that's been a thorn in their side ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn. The Bulls are tied with the Indiana Pacers the best record in the Eastern Conference since the start of the new calendar year.

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The Nets (24-27) concluded the first half of their 2013-14 NBA season with a 92-76 loss to the Bulls (27-25) at the United Center in Chicago.

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[sny-box]Chicago led 29-19 after one, and it was an uphill battle for Brooklyn the rest of the way against a tough, defensive-minded Bulls team, led by Joakim Noah.

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Starters

.....Brooklyn Nets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??Chicago Bulls
1Deron WilliamsKirk Hinrich
2Shaun LivingstonJimmy Butler
3Joe JohnsonMike Dunleavy
4Paul PierceCarlos Boozer
5Kevin GarnettJoakim Noah
The Good: The Nets are 14-5 since January 1, and their .737 winning percentage is the best in the Eastern Conference in that span...Since January 1, Brooklyn leads the NBA with 9.6 steals per game...No Nets starter played over 28 minutes last night.

The Bad: The Nets haven't beaten the Bulls in the regular season in over a calendar year (2/1/13)...Brooklyn is 5-10 on the road against Eastern Conference opponents this season...The Nets are just 2-9 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

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Tonight, the Nets close out the first half of the 2013-14 NBA season with a road game in Chicago against the Bulls. The Nets and Bulls have been two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference since the start of the new year.

Since January 1, the Nets have the best winning percentage (.737) in the East with their 14-5 record, while the Bulls are third-best with a .667 winning percentage (14-7 record) over that span. Chicago enters tonight as the fourth seed in the conference.

The Bulls beat the Nets by a score of 95-78 in Brooklyn back on Christmas day. Both teams have been playing great ball since then, and with just 1.5 games separating them in the conference standings, there's a lot at stake tonight at the United Center.

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The NBA season is technically more than halfway over for the Nets, who have played 49 games and have a 23-26 record. After a rough start, the team?s play has improved drastically.

With only two games remaining before the unofficial halfway point of the season, two more wins would really give this team some good momentum, especially with an all-important six-game west coast road trip looming.

No games are layups in the NBA, and tonight?s matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats could potentially be a trap game. But the Bobcats have been struggling on the road lately, dropping their last four road games by an average of 12.0 points.

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On Thursday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 95-92 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Bulls were shorthanded, playing without both Luol Deng (flu) and Kirk Hinrich (calf). The Nets seemed to smell blood and came out very aggressive. Brook Lopez (4-for-8) and Joe Johnson (5-for-6) each scored 10 points, but the Bulls got eight points each from Joakim Noah (4-for-6) and Marco Belinelli (4-for-7) and managed to keep it close after one. The Nets took quick shots and put an emphasis on pushing the ball. The biggest surprise was MarShon Brooks. Gerald Wallace picked up two early fouls, and Brooks was the first man off of P.J. Carlesimo?s bench. As a team, they didn?t turn the ball over in the first and led 33-27.

With the second unit, the Nets played relatively well and managed to hold a seven-point lead when the starters re-entered with about five minutes remaining in the half. Kris Humphries played with good energy, and the Bulls went about five game minutes between field goals at one point during the quarter, which left them in a hole. C.J. Watson, Andray Blatche and Humphries each scored four points in the second, but Nate Robinson sparked the Bulls to a run to close the gap to a single point, 47-46. Williams took over and scored eight points in the final two minutes of the half and helped the Nets out to a 60-54 halftime lead.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, bulls, chicago bulls, deron williams, joe johnson, nate robinson, Nets, nets
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The Nets will attempt to do something they haven?t done all season: win a game in Chicago?s United Center.

Brooklyn is 0-4 in the Bulls? building this season, with two losses coming during the regular season and the other two coming in the playoffs.

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 110-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: After falling behind, the Nets went on an early 13-4 run to open a seven-point lead, with Deron Williams contributing five points during the run. But Chicago followed with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the game. Brook Lopez then led Brooklyn on a 7-0 run to again go up seven. Lopez poured in 11 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by five after one.

Nate Robinson?s energy led the Bulls on a 7-0 run to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Back-and-forth lead changes ensued before a 9-2 Nets? run, led by hot mid-range shooting by Kris Humphries, put Brooklyn back up six. Chicago again closed the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers from Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace and a pair of free-throws from Lopez as part of an 8-0 run put the Nets up 10. Eight points from Humphries in the quarter helped the Nets lead by eight at the break.

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Leading by 14 with 2:53 seconds to go in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Brooklyn Nets were in a perfect position Saturday to return home with the series tied 2-2.

But Nate Robinson had different plans.

The Bulls? reserve guard torched the Nets over the final stretch, which resulted in a 142-134 triple overtime win for Chicago.

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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 79-76 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets went on an early 11-0 run fueled by six points from Deron Williams and a three-pointer from the ailing Joe Johnson to establish a double-digit lead. But from there, Brooklyn went completely cold, missing 14 straight shots over the final 6:25 of the quarter. The Bulls turned the ball over six times in the opening frame, but Chicago concluded the quarter on a 14-0 run to take a two-point lead after one.

An emphatic dunk by Brooklyn native Taj Gibson early in the second quarter gave the Bulls a six-point lead, but Chicago?s problems with turnovers kept the Nets in the game. Brooklyn just could not make a shot though, allowing the Bulls to go ahead by 12 as part of a 28-4 extended run. Chicago maintained a 10-point lead until a Gerald Wallace buzzer-beating three-pointer cut the Nets? deficit to seven at the break.

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NEW YORK ? Joe Johnson was red hot from the field to start Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

If he kept up his pace from the first quarter, the Chicago Bulls may have been in store for a similar drubbing that they suffered in Game 1 of the series.

Joe Johnson (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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On Monday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 90-82 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: Both teams were extremely cold offensively to start, but the Bulls managed an 8-2 run to open the game. The Nets did not make their first field goal until a Gerald Wallace running lay-up at the 6:48 mark. Carlos Boozer picked up where he left off in Game 1, knocking down a few tough shots early. The Nets played solid defense in the quarter with four steals and two blocks, which gave the offense some time to get going. Joe Johnson and Luol Deng each poured in seven first-quarter points, and Chicago led by three after the opening frame.

The Bulls increased the lead to seven to start the second quarter, led by an offensive spark off the bench from Marco Belinelli. But led by Kris Humphries, Brooklyn went on a 6-0 run to get within one. Three straight jumpers from Brook Lopez a few minutes later gave the Nets their first lead of the game. A 6-0 Chicago run put the Bulls back ahead, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by C.J. Watson cut the Nets? deficit to one at the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 106-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game on a 7-2 run led by five quick points and two blocks by Brook Lopez. Carlos Boozer then drilled back-to-back tough shots to get the Bulls right back in it, but a three-pointer by Deron Williams put Brooklyn up five. There was plenty of energy on both sides to start, but the Nets were relentless on the defensive end, holding the Bulls scoreless for the final 2:43 of the quarter. Lopez and Williams combined to score 22 of the Nets? 25 first-quarter points, and Brooklyn led by 11 after one.

Joe Johnson came out with the hot hand to start the second quarter, but he picked up his second foul early in the quarter, which forced him to the bench. The ?Bench Mob? looked a bit uncomfortable offensively, which allowed Nate Robinson to take over. But C.J. Watson responded with five straight points against his former team, helping the Nets open a 14-point lead. Williams and Lopez returned to dominate the pace of play, forcing Bulls? coach Tom Thibodeau to take a timeout. A 12-2 Nets? run increased the Brooklyn lead to 22. The Nets made 14 of their final 15 shots and scored 35 total points in the second quarter to take a 25-point lead at the break.

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As we enter the final night of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the only thing left to be decided in the Easter Conference playoff picture is whether the Chicago Bulls?currently the fifth seed?will stay there, or if they will drop to sixth due to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets are the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, but even entering the final night of the regular season, it's still up in the air.

The Bulls and the Hawks currently have the same record, 44-37. The Bulls own the tiebreaker, though, and last night, the Hawks made a curious decision and may have tipped their hand.

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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 92-90.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first two minutes, with Brook Lopez knocking down jumpers and converting in the paint. Lopez scored 18 of Brooklyn?s first 22 points after making his first six shots from the field and 8-of-9 overall. The Nets opened a 13-point lead after the first quarter.

The Nets maintained their double-digit lead for much of the second quarter, with Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks provided the offense from the second unit. Chicago finally got going offensively to get back within seven in the final minutes thanks to Carlos Boozer. But a hot hand from Deron Williams and an emphatic dunk from Lopez helped Brooklyn close out the first half leading by 11.

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