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Nets Close 2010 with Fourth Straight Loss

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The good news is that the Nets didn't have the fewest wins in 2010. The Kings had 17 and the Timberwolves had 16. The bad news is that the Nets' fourth straight loss, a 90-81 defeat in Chicago on Friday afternoon, kept them on 18.

It was an ugly game that the Bulls led by two at the half and by seven at the end of the third quarter. The Nets were back within two with six minutes left in the fourth, but they missed on their only chance to tie and the Bulls put them away with an 13-4 run over the next four-plus minutes.

Both teams shot just 40 percent from the field, but the Nets committed 16 turnovers and the Bulls had the advantage beyond the arc and at the line. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Brook Lopez had 19 and seven for the Nets, while Stephen Graham and Travis Outlaw had 16 apiece. Devin Harris finished with 10 points and nine assists, but shot just 5-for-13 from the field.