Nets vs. Bulls, NBA playoffs 2013: Revisiting a tight regular season series

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The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls will clash in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, so what can be learn from the four head-to-head games they played during the regular season? Here's a brief history of the season series.

The Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets will start their 2013 NBA playoff series on Saturday, April 20, but they already have a four-game head-to-head history from the 2012-13 NBA season. The Bulls won three of those four match-ups, so it seems like they have the edge, yet it's important to remember that the contests were decided by a total of 18 points. From an overall plus-minus perspective, Chicago only outscored Brooklyn by 10 points. Here is a look back on those individual games.

No. 4 Brooklyn Nets vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls

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Dec. 15, 2012 | Bulls 83, Nets 82 | Blog-a-Bull recap | NetsDaily recap

The Nets built up a 77-71 lead in the fourth quarter behind 24 points from Deron Williams, but the Bulls closed the gap and mounted a 12-2 run to clear the way for a huge layup from Marco Bellineli (19 points on 6-of-9 shooting) with 22.1 seconds remaining. The Nets had a chance to take back the lead at the end of the game, but Joe Johnson came up short on a step-back jumper.

Feb. 1, 2013 | Nets 93, Bulls 89 | Blog-a-Bull recap | NetsDaily recap

The Bulls were missing Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich in this game, and the Nets took advantage. Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli each scored 18 points in the loss, while the Nets shot 52.0 percent from the field without Noah in the middle of the Chicago defense. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points and helped lift the Nets to take the lead from the short-handed Bulls in the final period. Here's how that happened, via the NetsDaily recap:

Gerald Wallace also seemed energized. He snagged 13 rebounds (5 offensive) and looked more like his old aggressive self than he has in recent games. He did make a huge error at the end of the game, however. With a four point lead and 18 seconds remaining, he threw an inbounds pass under the Nets' basket that was poked away by the Bulls' Jimmy Butler to Luol Deng, who converted an easy layup to cut the lead to two. Luckily, Watson bailed him out and salted the game away.

Mar. 2, 2013 | Bulls 96, Nets 85 | Blog-a-Bull recap | NetsDaily recap

The Bulls pulled off their most lopsided win in this game, and strong games from Noah and Boozer were the reason. The Nets shot just 44.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 21 times. Lopez scored 20 points to keep Brooklyn afloat until the Bulls pushed the lead to 20 points in the fourth quarter. Here's a bit from the Blog-a-Bull recap:

After an entertaining first quarter ended in a 27-27 tie, the Bulls ran away in the second quarter and cruised to an easy victory. Noah had one of his better performances of the season, putting up 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Jo also tallied 10 boards, five assists and four blocks. Boozer also played well, pouring in 20 points and nabbing five steals. BOOZER DEFENSE!

Apr. 4, 2013 | Bulls 92, Nets 90 | Blog-a-Bull recap | NetsDaily recap

Carlos Boozer scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and then Nate Robinson did this:

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