(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets set out to make sure that they will live to fight another day.
They were able to do just that as they crushed the Chicago Bulls 110-91 on Monday night, cutting the Bulls’ lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Deron Williams had 23 points and 10 assists to help the Nets recover from an epic Game four collapse that put them on the brink of elimination.
“We came out very aggressive, as we have the past few games. I think the difference was just we sustained it for essentially a full 48 minutes tonight,” Lopez said.
Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists for the Bulls.
“For us, I knew it was going to be tough; it was going to be a challenge,” Robinson said. “At the same time, we’ve been here before playing with a guy short. It’s something we’ve got to do. We’ve just got to muster something and bring that energy and continue to play like we’ve been playing.”
Game 6 is set for Thursday night in Chicago.
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