A rare Nets rout comes against surprising foe

CHICAGO — Pounded all season, the Nets finally got an easy win. And they did it against one of the league's best teams.

Deron Williams scored 29, Kris Humphries had 24 points and 18 rebounds and New Jersey beat the Bulls 97-85 Saturday to snap an eight-game skid.

Chicago's Derrick Rose missed his fifth straight game because of back pain, and the Nets took advantage, taking a 22-3 lead while rolling to their first victory since Feb. 1.

"I'm just happy the streak is over," Williams said. "It's not fun losing. It's a great win for us. This is a good team despite the guys they have out."

The Nets took control right from the start. With Rose sidelined, Williams had his way, scoring 21 in the first half and hitting five 3-pointers in the game.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Gary Neal hit key 3-pointers in regulation and overtime, Tony Parker scored 30 and the visiting Spurs held off the Clippers 103-100 to earn their NBA-best 10th consecutive victory.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets center Brook Lopez is expected to start today against the Bucks after missing 32 games with a broken right foot. … Carmelo Anthony is unlikely to play today, but J.R. Smith and Baron Davis might as the Knicks move closer to getting to full strength. … Rockets forward Jordan Hill injured his right knee in practice and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Nets 97, Bulls 85

NEW JERSEY (97): Stevenson 2-5 0-0 6, Humphries 10-15 4-6 24, She.Williams 2-7 4-4 8, D.Williams 9-26 6-7 29, Brooks 7-19 3-4 19, Petro 1-4 0-0 2, Morrow 1-4 0-0 2, Farmar 1-3 1-1 4, Gaines 1-2 1-3 3, J.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Emmett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-85 19-25 97.

CHICAGO (85): Deng 5-14 3-5 14, Boozer 7-12 2-4 16, Noah 0-3 0-2 0, Watson 3-9 4-4 10, Brewer 2-5 1-2 5, Butler 1-2 1-2 3, Asik 0-5 0-0 0, M.James 6-13 3-3 16, Gibson 6-11 2-5 14, Korver 2-6 0-0 5, Lucas 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 33-84 16-27 85.

New Jersey 34 25 14 24— 97

Chicago 19 26 11 29— 85

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 10-22 (D.Williams 5-9, Stevenson 2-5, Brooks 2-6, Farmar 1-1, Morrow 0-1), Chicago 3-13 (M.James 1-2, Deng 1-2, Korver 1-3, Brewer 0-1, Lucas 0-2, Watson 0-3). Fouled OutM.James. ReboundsNew Jersey 56 (Humphries 18), Chicago 63 (Gibson, Boozer 9). AssistsNew Jersey 19 (D.Williams 8), Chicago 17 (M.James 7). Total FoulsNew Jersey 17, Chicago 23. TechnicalsD.Williams, New Jersey defensive three second, Chicago defensive three second. A22,300 (20,917).

Spurs 103, Clippers 100

SAN ANTONIO (103): Jefferson 2-6 0-0 5, Duncan 5-14 1-4 11, Blair 5-7 0-0 10, Parker 11-22 8-11 30, Green 4-7 0-0 11, Splitter 0-1 0-2 0, Ginobili 1-3 0-0 2, Leonard 2-6 0-0 4, Bonner 5-12 0-0 13, Neal 5-14 2-4 17, Joseph 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-92 11-21 103.

L.A. CLIPPERS (100): Butler 4-11 4-4 13, Griffin 9-18 4-6 22, Jordan 4-7 0-0 8, Paul 6-19 8-8 21, Foye 8-17 1-1 21, Williams 3-9 0-0 8, Martin 1-4 1-2 3, Gomes 1-2 2-2 4, Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Bledsoe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-89 20-23 100.

San Antonio 15 30 25 25 8— 103

L.A. Clippers 26 17 24 28 5— 100

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 12-28 (Neal 5-8, Green 3-4, Bonner 3-6, Jefferson 1-3, Ginobili 0-2, Parker 0-2, Leonard 0-3), L.A. Clippers 8-26 (Foye 4-10, Williams 2-5, Paul 1-3, Butler 1-6, Martin 0-1, Bledsoe 0-1). Fouled OutGriffin. ReboundsSan Antonio 53 (Duncan 17), L.A. Clippers 65 (Griffin 20). AssistsSan Antonio 23 (Parker 10), L.A. Clippers 22 (Paul 6). Total FoulsSan Antonio 22, L.A. Clippers 18. A19,217 (19,060).

Grizzlies 104, Warriors 103

GOLDEN STATE (103): D.Wright 0-7 0-0 0, Lee 5-13 4-6 14, Biedrins 1-1 0-0 2, Curry 13-21 4-4 36, Ellis 10-22 9-12 33, Udoh 1-2 3-4 5, Robinson 1-1 1-1 3, Rush 3-7 0-0 8, Thompson 1-5 0-0 2, McGuire 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-82 21-27 103.

MEMPHIS (104): Gay 8-16 3-7 19, Speights 7-15 2-3 16, Gasol 5-9 7-7 17, Conley 4-9 6-7 15, Allen 3-3 5-8 11, Cunningham 1-3 0-0 2, Mayo 7-12 1-2 18, Pargo 2-4 2-4 6, Pondexter 0-2 0-0 0, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-73 26-38 104.

Golden State 19 37 22 25— 103

Memphis 34 20 22 28— 104

3-Point GoalsGolden State 12-26 (Curry 6-9, Ellis 4-8, Rush 2-2, McGuire 0-1, Thompson 0-2, D.Wright 0-4), Memphis 4-10 (Mayo 3-6, Conley 1-3, Pargo 0-1). Fouled OutBiedrins. ReboundsGolden State 39 (Lee 9), Memphis 62 (Gasol 13). AssistsGolden State 18 (Ellis, Curry 6), Memphis 16 (Conley 6). Total FoulsGolden State 29, Memphis 20. TechnicalsGasol. A17,151 (18,119).

A rare Nets rout comes against surprising foe 02/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:58pm]

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