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The Streak Comes to an End as the Bulls Shut Down the Nets

The Nets' five-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday at the hands of the only team that had a longer streak than they did. The Bulls have the best defense in the league, and they proved it, holding down the Nets for a 84-73 victory at the Prudential Center.

The Nets led early, but the Bulls took control with a 10-0 run spanning the first and second quarters, and they held the Nets to just 30 points over the second and third. The Nets climbed back in the fourth to tie the game with just under six minutes to go, but the Bulls answered with a 7-0 run and a Kyle Korver three with 1:16 left was the dagger.

The Nets shot just 35 percent from the field and just 3-for-19 from 3-point range. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 22 points, Kris Humphries recorded another double-double and Sasha Vujacic added 13 points off the bench. But Deron Williams (1-for-12), Anthony Morrow, Sundiata Gaines and Jordan Farmar combined to shoot just 4-for-31. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng combined for 40 points for the Bulls.

Humphries' double-double (13 and 16) was his eighth straight, 24th overall.  It was also his seventh straight with at least 15 rebounds. He is now averaging 9.7 points and 10.1 rebounds for the season.