Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93
Date - Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:00 PM
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
#19 James Capers, #13 Monty McCutchen, #23 Jason Phillips
Final Scoring Summary
Bulls 99, Nets 93: Joakim Noah had 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead the injury ravaged Bulls over the host Nets in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and Carlos Boozer added 17 as fifth-seeded Chicago advances to face the top-seeded Miami Heat in the conference semifinals, which begin Monday in Miami. Bulls forward Luol Deng missed his second straight game because of illness and was hospitalized in Chicago and point guard Kirk Hinrich (calf) missed his third consecutive contest.
Deron Williams scored 24 points, Brook Lopez added 21 and Gerald Wallace tallied 19 for the fourth-seeded Nets. Brooklyn won back-to-back games to force a Game 7, but never led in the finale.
The Nets trailed by 10 points with 7:07 remaining and were able to pull within 97-93 on a 3-pointer by Williams with 26.6 seconds left. Belinelli hit two free throws to push the margin to six but Williams and Joe Johnson missed 3-pointers on Brooklyn’s next possession as Chicago sealed its improbable victory.
Noah had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half as the Bulls took a surprising 61-44 halftime lead. Brooklyn rebounded to pull within four midway through the third quarter before Chicago took an 82-75 advantage into the final stanza.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bulls PG Derrick Rose (knee) said before the contest that nobody in the organization has pressured him to return. Rose suffered his injury in last season’s playoffs and was medically cleared to play in early March. … Johnson had six points on 2-of-14 shooting. … PG Nate Robinson added 12 points for Chicago.
Top Game Performances
Marco Belinelli 24
Deron Williams 24
Jimmy Butler 4
Deron Williams 7
Joakim Noah 14
Reggie Evans 13
Marco Belinelli 5
||Free Throws Made
Deron Williams 4
Nate Robinson 2
Joe Johnson 3
Joakim Noah 6
Brook Lopez 2
Team Stats Summary
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