Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer had a monster double-double and behind a dominating defensive performance, the Chicago Bulls grinded out a 79-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
After stealing home-court advantage from the Nets with a victory in Game 2, the Bulls returned home and held Brooklyn to under 20 points in each of the first three quarters.
The Nets were brutal from the field for the second straight game, shooting just 34.6 percent, but had a chance after reducing a 17-point fourth quarter deficit down to three with four seconds left.
C.J. Watson, though, shot long on a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the corner, securing the win for Chicago.
Boozer carried the Bulls with 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Luol Deng also chipped with a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards.
Brook Lopez helped spark the comeback attempt and supplied Brooklyn with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Deron Williams had 18 points albeit another woeful shooting performance and Joe Johnson, who was a gametime decision with plantar fasciitis, scored 15 points in nearly 41 minutes of play.