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Bulls Late Effort Pushes Nets Back to .500

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The Nets went into Chicago with concerns about whether their offense had been figured out and left with those worries lessened, but with new ones, regarding bench play, increased. The Nets' second unit was hammered in both halves by the Bulls' backups and then once the starters returned they witnessed yet another avalanche of three pointers seal the deal for Chicago. The loss, the Nets' third straight, dropped them to 11--11. Vince Carter followed up a three-point, 0-for-13 outing vs. Toronto Friday with a 39-point effort that included an effortless half-court shot to end the first half. Devin Harris, who took the measure of Derrick Rose for the first three quarters, added 22 points but only went to the line once in the second half. Brook Lopez also returned to form with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks while Bobby Simmons had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Yi Jianlian and Ryan Anderson never got untracked at the PF spot, garnering only 5 points on 2-for-17 shooting. For the Bulls, Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon dominated the fourth quarter, finishing with 22 and 29, along with a combined 6-for-11 from downtown. Tyrus Thomas played his best game of the season, finishing with 16 points, 6 rebounds and a couple of blocks.