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Nets Continue Slide

The Nets dug themselves a big hole early on Tuesday night in Chicago, making just 4 of their first 18 shots and trailing by as many as 14 points in the first quarter. They turned it around in the second however, making 12 of their first 13 shots in the quarter and taking a two point lead into the half. The game remained close until midway through the fourth, when the Bulls began to pull away as the Nets missed seven straight shots. A 17-8 Chicago run put the game away and gave the Bulls their first win over the Nets in their last nine meetings. The difference in the game was the three-point shooting, as Chicago hit 10-of-21 from downtown while the Nets hit just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. Andres Nocioni was huge for the Bulls, scoring 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Nenad Krstic scored a career-high 29 points for the Nets, but did not take a shot in the final 6:57 of the game. Vince Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jason Kidd added 10 boards and 13 assists, but the two combined to shoot just 9-of-34 from the field.