Bulls Top Nets In Game 7
(BROOKLYN) — The short-handed Bulls are moving on.
The Chicago Bulls overcame injury and illness to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-93 in Game 7 at the Barclays Center to advance in the NBA playoffs.
Joakim Noah, who continues to deal with plantar fasciitis, had 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.
Chicago played the game without Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng. Deng was dealing with the side effects of a viral flu and Hinrich continues to be hampered by a calf injury.
The Bulls built a 61-44 halftime lead on the strength of Noah and Carlos Boozer, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Brooklyn was able to cut into the lead, and trimmed it to 86-81 with 6:08 remaning.
However, Chicago responded and Marco Belinelli gave them a lift with a big three-pointer to push the lead to 10 with just under five minutes left.
Deron Williams had 24 points for the Nets and Brook Lopez added 21 points and nine rebounds. Joe Johnson struggled, shooting just 2-for-14.
The Bulls will take on the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
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