Bulls even series with Nets

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NEW YORK — Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night to even their first-round series at one game apiece.

Chicago's Joakim Noah tries to block a shot by Brooklyn's Reggie Evans in the first half. Noah had 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Bulls beat the Nets to even the series.  KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chicago's Joakim Noah tries to block a shot by Brooklyn's Reggie Evans in the first half. Noah had 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Bulls beat the Nets to even the series.

Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason.

Chicago held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.

Noah finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who host Game 3 on Thursday.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points for the Nets, who shot 35 percent from the field and were just 4 of 21 from 3-point range. Star point guard Deron Williams was 1 of 9, finishing with eight points.

SIXTH-MAN AWARD: J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award Monday after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades.

Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.

Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench.

He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.

SPURS: Gregg Popovich can rest easy. Manu Ginobili is just fine.

The San Antonio Spurs’ coach was concerned how Ginobili would feel following a day after his team’s 91-79 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Ginobili said he is doing just fine, thank you.

“I’m feeling good,” he said Monday. “I’m a little tired, of course, playing after such a long time, but I didn’t play that much, either. I feel real good.”

Ginobili played 19 minutes Sunday, going 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 5 on 3-pointers in scoring 18 points to help the Spurs win the series opener.

SUNS: Parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said.

The Suns finished 25-57, the second-worst record mark behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.

Blanks had served as general manager since Aug. 5, 2010.


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