The Brooklyn Nets fought off elimination for the second straight game and have forced the first Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Playoffs with their 95-92 win Thursday evening.
After losing all four road contests in Chicago this season (playoffs included), the Nets refused to be denied this go-round.
Brooklyn was determined from the start and took advantage of the injury-riddled Bulls. Chicago received news before the game that Luol Deng (Illness) and Kirk Hinrich (Bruised Calf) would not be able to play. Nate Robinson also had flu-like symptoms which slowed him down a bit as well. Nets’ point guard Deron Williams benefited from the absence of Hinrich and had a solid game, tallying 17 points and 11 assists.
Brooklyn controlled the pace of the game for most of the first half but Chicago turned up their defense after the half-time break.
The Bulls cut the lead to one with nineteen seconds left and were counting on Andray Blatche to miss two huge free throws to have a chance to win the game. Unfortunately for Chicago, Blatche made both of the attempts.
Chicago had an opportunity to tie the game but Marco Belinelli missed a clean look from downtown followed by a turnover from Joakim Noah which sealed the victory for the Nets.
Game Seven will played on Saturday May 4th on TNT.
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