Vujacic's late shot lifts Nets over BullsJan 6, 2011 - 4:47 AM Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Sasha Vujacic scored the game-winning bucket with 5.3 seconds left in the game as New Jersey halted Chicago's five-game win streak with a 96-94 win at the Prudential Center.
Vujacic ended with 13 points, while Kris Humphries came off the bench with an energetic 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Nets stopped a five-game skid.
"It was really, really, really fun," Vujacic said of playing in the game. "It was a big game and we needed to win."
Devin Harris had 18 points and 11 assists in the victory, and Brook Lopez and Stephen Graham scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Derrick Rose had 21 points and Loul Deng posted 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who suffered just their third loss in the last 17 games. Carlos Boozer turned in 12 points and nine boards in the losing cause.
"Right now it hurts," Rose said. "We have to continue to play. We have to get off to good starts again."
Trailing 82-72 with 9:19 left to play, Chicago went on a 12-3 run capped off by Kyle Korver's three-pointer from the corner to make it a one-point game.
The Nets regained a nine-point edge, 93-84, with three minutes left on a Harris floating jumper, but the Bulls scored the next eight points to make it a one-point game, yet again.
The contest remained tight the rest of the way, and Lopez made one free throw for a 94-92 game with 49.7 left. As regulation drew to an end, C.J. Watson hit two from the charity stripe to knot the game at 94.
During the Nets' final possession of the game, Harris lobbed an alley-oop to Lopez but it caromed off the front of the rim. Vujacic was at the right place at the right time as the rebound fell to his hands and he scored the putback to put New Jersey up for good.
The Bulls had one last chance to tie the game, but Rose's off-balanced three attempt fell well short of the goal to effectively end the game.
Despite the Nets running to a 12-5 early lead in the opening quarter, Rose got Chicago back with a pair of layups and Taj Gibson made a long jumper to tie the game at 18.
New Jersey held onto a 25-24 lead heading into the second quarter and Vujacic netted a three-pointer to put the Nets up 34-29 with eight minutes left to play in the half.
The Bulls fought back to tied it at 34 with a Boozer three-point play. They then took a 47-46 lead into halftime.
Derrick Favors' lay up 63 seconds in the second half was part of a 9-2 Nets spurt to start out the second half. Rose's trey stopped the run to cut the deficit to 55-52. However, Humphries' long jumper and layup put New Jersey up 65-56 with 6:04 left to play in the period.
The hosts held a 78-65 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The Bulls haven't fared too well in New Jersey, losing three in a row and 19 of the last 21 contests there...The Nets shot 41.7 percent from the three- point line, while Chicago shot 31.6 percent.
- CHICAGO: 94
NEW JERSEY: 96
Jan 5 9:38 PM
- CHICAGO: 65
NEW JERSEY: 78
End of 3rd
Jan 5 8:54 PM
- CHICAGO: 47
NEW JERSEY: 46
Jan 5 8:12 PM
- CHICAGO: 24
NEW JERSEY: 25
End of 1st
Jan 5 7:37 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
NEW JERSEY: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Jan 5 7:12 PM
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