Mar 3, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins (98) in the second half of NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Brooklyn won 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls at Nets final score: Jason Collins makes home debut, Brooklyn cruises 96-80 (video)


Deron Williams scored 20 points and dished out six assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a relatively easy 96-80 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Monday night.

The win got the Nets back to .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season.

It was the home debut of Nets’ center Jason Collins. Collins, who agreed to sign a second 10-day contract on Monday, is the first openly gay athlete currently playing professional sports in America. He checked into the game to massive cheers.

Collins finished with zero points, one rebound and one steal in just under three minutes of play. Collins attempted just one shot.

Before Collins entered the game, the fans broke out in a “Jason Collins” chant.

Paul Pierce added 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Shaun Livingston chipped in 14 points and five steals.

For the second consecutive day, the Bulls were led in scoring by reserve point guard D.J. Augustin, who scored 16 points, dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds.

Carlos Boozer added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Nets are now 29-29 while the Bulls are 33-27.

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