The best defense again to make an appearance in the game of the Chicago Bulls and together with a balanced attack allowed them to win at home (82-90) to the Brooklyn Nets in the second match of the tie of the first round of the Eastern Conference finals.
The triumph was the first bulls that tie (1-1) to the best of seven series and recover the advantage of field, while the third match will be played next Thursday at the United Center, in Chicago.
The victory of the Bulls is the first that gets a team outside their field so far of competition of the NBA Finals.
The Sudanese forward Luol Deng topped the list of three players who had a double-double each by contributing 15 points, 10 rebounds, including eight defensive, handed out four assists, put two plugs, and recovered a ball.
The power forward Carlos Boozer also attained double figures to get 13 points, 12 rebounds and handed out two assists, while center Joakim Noah, who this time Yes could play 25 minutes his presence felt to score 11 points, capturing 10 balloons under the rings, put two plugs and gave three passes of annotation.
Noah, despite the fact that continues with discomfort in the right foot, his contribution was decisive in the fourth period to get three baskets in the fourth period that did not allow the reaction of Nets could complete the comeback.
The incumbent pivot of the Bulls, who played injected so that it exceeds the right foot pain, became the winning factor for the party.
Although the attack of the Bulls was not brilliant, yes it was effective and balanced with five players who had two-digit numbers.
While the key to the match would be the great defense that performed and that left the Nets with only a 36 percent success in field shots and 11 points in the third period, including two baskets, which was when it was decided the match.
The American Cuban pivot Brook Lopez was the only player in the Nets that maintained the same level of production which got in the opener contributing 21 points, five rebounds and put three plugs.
Guard Joe Johnson contributed 17 so many, but missed 12 of 18 shots from the field and the base book C.J. Watson came to the 10 goals they left it as the third and final player of the Nets who had two-digit numbers.
The base star and franchise team Deron Williams again lost his best wrist touch and scored only eight points after failing to 8 of 9 shots from the field.
Williams handed out 10 assists, but were not enough to avoid a defeat that could cost them the Elimination of the final phase.
As a team the Nets had only a 35 (29-82) and the 19 (4-21) triple, compared to 48 (37-77) and the 25 (3-12), respectively, for the Bulls, who won the duel under the hoops to capture 44 rebounds by 39 of Brooklyn, seeking to start a series of end-stage with 2-0 for the first time since 2004 when they swept in the first round to the New York Knicks.