NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 1st (All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (28-17) at Brooklyn Nets (27-19), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls will continue their six-game road trip Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
The Bulls started the trek with Wednesday's easy 104-88 victory at Milwaukee behind a game-high 24 points from Nate Robinson. Luol Deng, in his second game since missing five in a row with a hamstring issue, had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Joakim Noah chipped in 12 points and 12 boards for the Central-leading Bulls, who have won two straight and eight of 10 games.
"We slowed them down, stopped them in transition and contested many of their shots," said Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, who had 18 points and is averaging 15.1 ppg in his last eight. "They started missing and we went down and capitalized."
Butler has posted seven games with 10 or more points in that stretch.
Chicago improved to 22-7 against teams from the East, with a 12-2 mark on the road, and have won its last 41 games when scoring 100-plus points. The Bulls are 12-0 this season when scoring at least 100 points and went 22-0 last season when turning the trick.
The Bulls are 13-6 as the guest this season and will also make stops in Atlanta, Indiana, Denver and Utah.
In injury news for the Bulls, forward Carlos Boozer (hamstring) is questionable Friday and did not play at Milwaukee.
Brooklyn looks to rebound from a 105-85 beating at the hands of the Heat in the continuation of a four-game homestand. In Wednesday's setback to the defending champions, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson scored 21 and 16 points, respectively, for the Nets, who were outscored 36-14 in the third quarter.
"We really let this one get away. We felt we were playing great through the third quarter, but they got a little run and that was it," Lopez said.
Andray Blatche delivered 12 points off the bench and star point guard Deron Williams ended with nine points, five assists and six turnovers. The starting lineup of Williams, Lopez, Johnson, Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace is 10-4 on the season. Evans had zero points and Wallace posted six versus the Heat.
The Nets had 19 turnovers, leading to 25 Miami points.
"It's the third time we've played them and we've turned it over 19 times in all three games," said Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo, who is now 13-5 since taking over for the fired Avery Johnson.
The Nets are 17-8 as the host this season and will also entertain Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Brooklyn dropped an 83-82 decision at Chicago on Dec. 15 this season and is 5-11 in the past 16 matchups between the teams. The Bulls, however, have struggled as the guest in this series, losing 16 of 19 road meetings.
02/01 10:26:00 ET