Nets Surprise League-Leading Bulls to End Losing Streak at Eight

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 18: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets shoots over Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Nets' eight-game losing streak came to an end in the most unusual fashion on Saturday, an easy road victory over the team with the league's best record. The 97-85 defeat was just the Bulls' second at home this season.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said of the Nets. "I want to give New Jersey credit ... They were ready... We were back on our heels and you get what you deserve."

The Nets made 10 of their first 12 shots, had a 26-9 lead midway through the first quarter, and led by as many as 18 late in the period. The Bulls cut their lead down to seven late in the second, but the Nets finished the half on a 7-0 run and led by 19 midway through the third, holding on for a 12-point win.

After the hot start, the Nets kept the Bulls at bay with defense, holding them to just 39 percent shooting for the game. The Nets got big games from Kris Humphries (24 points and 18 rebounds) and Deron Williams (29 points and eight assists). MarShon Brooks added 19 points and Shelden Williams grabbed 14 boards.

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