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Bulls fall to Nets 95-92; Game 7 on Saturday

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 12:02 am •  Published: May 3, 2013
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Belinelli started at shooting guard with Jimmy Butler moving to small forward and scored 22 points and tied a career high with seven assists. Robinson started his second straight game and finished with 18 points, but it's no secret that the offense runs smoother with Hinrich and that he does a better job containing Williams.

"Yes, it was big," Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "It affects the game because he's one of their best players, not just as a defender."

Butler had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Chicago. Noah added 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Carlos Boozer scored 14 and grabbed 13 boards.

The Nets were leading 81-73 early in the fourth after 3-pointers by Wallace and C.J. Watson.

Robinson wowed the crowd when he faked picking up his dribble for a jumper and drove past a leaping Kris Humphries for a layup that made it 83-79 with about 7:30 remaining.

Noah scored on a tip-in that made it 87-85 with four minutes left. Then, after Lopez dunked, he rotated over for a huge block of Lopez, delighting the crowd.

The fans were really screaming when Belinelli made a 3 to pull Chicago within 90-88 with 2:19 remaining.

Blatche then banked in a fadeaway with 1:15 remaining, but Robinson quickly answered with just over a minute left.

He also missed a driving layup with 32 seconds to play. Boozer got called for a loose ball foul on the play, and Blatche hit the second free throw to make it 93-90.

"There is not a team in the league that plays harder than them," Carlesimo said. "We could have made it easier on ourselves and given us more of a cushion if we made some layups and free throws late in the game."

Notes: With the Nets and Bulls meeting in Game 7, Rihanna's concert scheduled for Saturday at the Barclays Center is getting moved to Tuesday. The Nets, however, did invite her to the game. ... Carlesimo on facing a short-handed Bulls team: "Starting with Derrick, their franchise player hasn't played. It seems almost every time we play them, it's a different roster." ... Thibodeau said Hinrich "made good strides" and the Bulls are "hopeful" he'll be ready.