Saturday , Nov , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Jefferson’s last-second three-play play gives Nets win over Bulls

=== Jefferson’s last-second three-play play gives Nets win over Bulls ===

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson’s layup and free
throw with 1.5 seconds left gave the New Jersey Nets a 100-99 come-from-behind
win over the Chicago Bulls at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Jefferson finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists for the
Nets, who have won two games in a row and won for the first time at home this
season. New Jersey lost to Milwaukee in its season opener at home.

Jason Kidd had a triple-double in the win with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11
assists, while Vince Carter also scored 28 points with 11 boards.

Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 26 points, while Ben Gordon scored 23 points off
the bench for the Bulls, who are now 1-1 on the season. Chris Duhon had a
double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.

New Jersey outrebounded Chicago 51-37 in the win and converted 35-of-39 free
throws.

With the Bulls up 98-95, Carter’s layup made it a one-point game and, after an
intentional foul, Gordon would make only one of his two free throws for a two-
point lead. This setup Jefferson’s game-winning play as he drove in and
converted a layup while being fouled by Tyson Chandler. He would make the
ensuing free throw for a 100-99 lead and Andres Nocioni’s running jumper was
blocked, sealing the win for the Nets.

The Nets had a lead going into the fourth, but the Bulls battled back to make
it a close game.

After Jefferson’s basket 45 seconds into the fourth gave New Jersey a 76-66
lead, Chicago went on an 11-0 run, capped by a Mike Sweetney layup, to take
a 77-76 lead. The two franchises then traded leads until Carter put the Nets
up 80-79 midway through the fourth. Jefferson’s free throw later put the Nets
up 89-82, but Hinrich would hit two free throws and, following a Nenad Krstic
basket, Hinrich dropped a three-pointer with 2:36 left to cut the Nets’ lead
to four. Gordon then made it a two-point game after a layup of his own.

Two Krstic free throws put the Nets back up four before Hinrich scored seven
straight points, the last two layups, to put Chicago up 96-93. Jefferson’s
tip-in cut the Bulls’ lead to one, but Duhon would make two free throws
to put Chicago back up three.

The two teams traded leads early in the third frame and a pair of free throws
by Luol Deng with 6:09 left in the third tied the game at 58-58. Two Jefferson
free throws sparked an 8-0 Nets run, staking New Jersey to a 66-58 lead with
4:11 go to in the third frame and the Nets would end the stanza with a 74-66
lead.

Chicago found itself with a 24-20 lead at the end the first quarter. After the
Nets’ Lamond Murray hit a free throw to tie the game at 18-18, Gordon nailed a
three-pointer to put the Bulls up three. Murray then answered with a layup
with nine seconds left in the first frame, but Gordon responded with a
basket of his own to regain the three-point lead. He then hit a free throw
before the end of the frame.

The Bulls opened up the second period on a 6-0 run that included two baskets
by Deng for a 30-20 lead. However, With Chicago up 44-37, New Jersey would use
a late 9-2 run to send the game into halftime tied 46-46.

Game Notes

Chicago shot 42.2 percent from the floor, New Jersey 40.5…Krstic had 17
points in the game…Sweetney added 14 for Chicago, while Deng finished with
13 points and nine rebounds…The Nets have now won eight games in a row
against the Bulls. They were 4-0 last season against Chicago…Hinrich played
despite being listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain.

CHI NJN