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Nets Come Back From Slow Start to Beat Bulls

Coming off a long layoff, the Nets looked just a bit rusty early on Friday night. They missed their first nine shots and turned the ball over three times, falling in an 18-0 hole to the visiting Bulls. Earlier in the season, they may have not been able to come up with an answer. But in their first game of 2007, they fought back and took the lead by halftime. The game was close through most of the second half, but the Bulls took a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and led by five with just over three minutes to go. That's when the Nets answered the call once again, putting together a 10-0 run, started by a thunderous Vince Carter dunk and finished with a no-look, over-the-shoulder bank shot from Jason Kidd that gave them a five-point lead with 15 seconds to go. Two possessions later, Chicago had a chance to tie it with a three, but they chose to go for two and a Ben Wallace tip-in was taken away for basket interference. The Nets shot just 37% for the game, but they scored 20 second chance points on 15 offensive boards and did a good job of getting to the line. Kidd finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The Nets have won three straight games for the first time this season.