Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez scored 20 points and the Brooklyn
Nets held off a short-handed Chicago Bulls team down the stretch to post a
93-89 victory at the Barclays Center.
Brooklyn also received 13 points apiece from Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks in
bouncing back from a lopsided home loss to Miami on Wednesday, though it still
got all it could handle from a Chicago squad playing without three key
regulars in All-Star center Joakim Noah, forward Carlos Boozer and guard Kirk
Noah sat out the contest due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, Boozer missed a
second straight game with a sore hamstring and Hinrich was sent back to
Chicago earlier in the day for further evaluation for a right elbow infection.
Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli each had 18 points for the Bulls, who owned a
73-72 lead with eight minutes remaining despite their depleted roster. Taj
Gibson, starting in Boozer's place, compiled 16 points and nine rebounds,
while Nate Robinson came through with a 12-point, 11-assist effort handling
point guard duties in Hinrich's absence.
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