Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Barclays Center will host a Game 7 in its
inaugural season after the Brooklyn Nets escaped Chicago with a 95-92 win over
the short-handed Bulls on Thursday to force a deciding game in the Eastern
Deron Williams scored 17 points, handed out 11 assists and won a jump ball
against Joakim Noah in the closing seconds of Game 6 to seal the victory.
Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson also netted 17 points apiece while Gerald Wallace
had 15 for the Nets, who forced the series back to Brooklyn for Saturday's
Game 7 despite shooting 28 percent from the field in the second half.
The Bulls were playing without starting point guard Kirk Hinrich for the
second straight game because of a calf injury, while their leading scorer
during the regular season, Luol Deng, was sidelined due to flu-like symptoms.
Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson were also slowed with the flu, but played through
as the Bulls squandered a second chance at advancing to the conference semis.
Robinson put in 18 points, Noah and Carlos Boozer each recorded double-doubles
and Marco Belinelli led Chicago with 22 points over 46-plus minutes.
Belinelli, though, missed a potential tying 3-pointer on Chicago's final
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