NETS WIN AGAIN, GAIN MOMENTUM GOING INTO GAME 7
Added by Matthew Hochberg on May 3, 2013.
Photo Credit: Reuters
The last time there was any kind of Game 7 in Brooklyn was in 1956. This Saturday night at 8:00PM, that is about to change. After beating the Chicago Bulls 95-92 in last night’s thriller, the Brooklyn Nets will travel back to the Barclays Center for a shot at the second-round in the playoffs.
The banged-up Bulls, without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, gave the Nets all they had until the very end, even cutting Brooklyn’s lead to one-point with 25.2 seconds remaining. Bulls guard Nate Robinson fouled Andray Blatche on the next possession, and with 19.2 seconds left, Blatche went to the line. The first-year Nets forward, who had just missed a free throw moments earlier, stepped up to the line and just like that, knocked down both free throws. Cool, calm, collected.
The Nets are on the brink of history, and with a win on Saturday will become just the 9th team in NBA history to advance in the playoffs after being down 3-1 in a series. For this to happen, however, they will need their stars to continue to carry them. Point guard Deron Williams finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and dishing out 11 assists. Center Brook Lopez and guard Joe Johnson each contributed 17 points as well.
Brooklyn has certainly proved to be a resilient team, but there is no doubt that Chicago will come out ready for Game 7 as well. The statuses of Hinrich and Deng are still in question, but regardless, they still have the pieces to compete, and proved it last night. Marco Bellinelli came up big for the Bulls, scoring 22 points. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer each scored 14 points, while also grabbing down 15 and 13 rebounds, respectively.
Whichever teams wins this series will receive a nice reward of a second-round matchup against the Miami Heat, a team which has gone 41-2 in their last 43 games. Good luck with that.