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Nets Surprise League-Leading Bulls to End Losing Streak at Eight

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The Nets' eight-game losing streak came to an end in the most unusual fashion on Saturday, an easy road victory over the team with the league's best record. The 97-85 defeat was just the Bulls' second at home this season.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said of the Nets. "I want to give New Jersey credit ... They were ready... We were back on our heels and you get what you deserve."

The Nets made 10 of their first 12 shots, had a 26-9 lead midway through the first quarter, and led by as many as 18 late in the period. The Bulls cut their lead down to seven late in the second, but the Nets finished the half on a 7-0 run and led by 19 midway through the third, holding on for a 12-point win.

After the hot start, the Nets kept the Bulls at bay with defense, holding them to just 39 percent shooting for the game. The Nets got big games from Kris Humphries (24 points and 18 rebounds) and Deron Williams (29 points and eight assists). MarShon Brooks added 19 points and Shelden Williams grabbed 14 boards.