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Williams Messes Around and Gets a Triple-Double as Nets Beat Bulls in Double-OT

The Nets played spoiler Friday night, keeping the Bulls out of eighth place with a thrilling double-overtime win at the Izod Center. Chicago took control early and led by as many as 11 points midway through the second quarter, but a 16-4 Nets run gave them a brief lead just before halftime, providing a glimpse of what was to come.

The game went back and forth for most of the third quarter and the Nets blew a 12-point lead in the fourth, but Brook Lopez sent the game to overtime with a one-handed throwdown off a Courtney Lee miss with 0.1 left in regulation.

The Bulls scored the first seven points of the first overtime, but the Nets came back, Lopez tied it again with a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left, and Derrick Rose missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. The Nets then scored the first seven points of the second OT and rolled to an 11-point win, their second over the Bulls this season.

Terrence Williams recovered well from his rough night on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 27 points and adding 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double. The final assist came with 17 seconds left in the second overtime on a fast-break dunk by Lopez, who finished with 26 points and 14 boards. Yi Jianlian had a double-double of his own, while Lee and Devin Harris combined for 35 points in the backcourt.

Minnesota lost to the Lakers, so the Nets can still tie them at 15 wins.