The Brooklyn Nets never trailed in their game 1 win over the Bulls, and in game 2, it was Chicago who never trailed in its 90-82 victory in game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to even up the series at one game a piece.
The first half was sloppy with Chicago leading by 1 at the break, but a terrible 3rd quarter for the Nets proved to be too much to overcome. Brooklyn was outscored 22-11 and shot just 2/19 from the field as the Bulls entered the final period up 59-67.
The Nets, at 2 different times in the 4th quarter cut the Bulls lead to 5 at the 7:54 mark, before falling back behind by 12 with about 5 and a half minutes remaining. Joe Johnson sparked an 8-0 run as Brooklyn cut the lead to 4 with 4:11 left. But that was as close as the Nets would get. Chicago outscored Brooklyn 12-6 the rest of the way to get the win.
The Bulls leading scorer Luol Deng had a major bounce back game scoring 15 points on 7/17 from the field to go along with 10 rebounds. In game 1, Deng was just 3/11 from the field for 6 points. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah each recorded double doubles in the win. Noah was huge for the Bulls in this one after essentially being a non-factor in game 1.
It was a much different game for Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace in game 2. Wallace and Williams shot a combined 2/16 for just 10 points. After the Nets shot 55% in game 1, they shot 35% from the field in game 2.
It will be interesting to see the adjustments each team makes going into a crucial game 3 in Chicago. Game time is set for 8:30pm from the United Center.