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Nets Win on Vujacic's Late Lay-In

It was a chance to make up for their last loss of 2010, an ugly game vs. the Bulls in Chicago on New Year's Eve.  The Nets had lost five in a row, the Bulls had won five straight.  In the end, the Nets won it on broken play. After being up by 12 in the third, their best scoring quarter this season, and nine in the fourth, the Nets saw the lead slip away, then  disappear. With six seconds left, Sasha Vujacic grabbed the ball after a broken alley oop between Devin Harris and Brook Lopez and deposited in the basket.  A desperation three by Derrick Rose fell short.

The Nets played an energetic game, particularly from the bench.  Kris Humphries, coming off the bench for Derrick Favors, had perhaps one of the best games of his career with 20 points and 11 rebounds, half his points coming on dramatic dunks. Vujacic had 13 points including the game-winner, including 3 for 7 from deep.  Harris finished with 18 point and 11 assists.  Lopez had 14 and Stephen Graham 11. Favors played only nine minutes because of foul trouble, picking up 7 points and 5 rebounds. 

Rose finished with 21 points but only one assist and Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls coach, found his late benching of Carlos Boozer the subject of controversy. Boozer's poor defense on Humphries put him on the pine for the last 14 minutes of the game.