(BROOKLYN) — The Nets were clicking on all cylinders in the franchise’s first playoff game in Brooklyn.
Deron Williams had 22 points and seven assists, Brook Lopez added 21 and the Nets crushed the Chicago Bulls 106-89 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Joe Johnson poured in 16 points for the Nets, who appeared in their first playoff game since 2007.
“I thought we competed extremely well, I thought we defended extremely well and pushed the ball and shared the ball extremely well in the first half,” Carlesimo said about the wire-to-wire victory.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 25 points and eight boards. Center Joakim Noah gave it a go despite plantar fasciitis in his foot, scoring four points in 13 minutes.
All-Star point guard Derrick Rose did not play for the Bulls, but there is still a chance he suits up for the Bulls later on in the series.
The Nets host Game 2 in Brooklyn on Monday night.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire