CHICAGO — Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 95-92 Thursday to tie their first-round series at 3.
The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday.
The Bulls hung in until the end even though they were missing Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. A layup by Nazr Mohammed cut the Nets’ lead to 93-92 with 25.2 seconds remaining.
Nate Robinson fouled Andray Blatche, who hit both free throws to make it a three-point game with 19.2 seconds left.
KNICKS: Coach Mike Woodson didn’t like his players’ decision to wear black to Game 5 of their playoff series against Boston on Wednesday night, which they expected to be the Celtics’ “funeral.”
Only the Celtics are still alive after winning 92-86, and Woodson said Thursday he told the Knicks to focus only on the court.
“I made reference to our guys, we need to stay out of the paper and just concentrate on playing,” Woodson said after practice, “because that’s not important. What you wear doesn’t have anything to do with how you play on the basketball floor.”
WARRIORS: Golden State coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors’ playoff series with Denver.
After Golden State’s 107-100 loss in Game 5 at Denver on Tuesday night, Jackson said the Nuggets sent “hit men” and took “cheap shots” at point guard Stephen Curry. He repeatedly mentioned Kenneth Faried’s foul in the first half, when the forward stuck out his right leg and moved his body while Curry ran through traffic.
Told the league fined him for an “attempt to influence the officiating,” Jackson responded: “I don’t like it, and I disagree.”
He declined to say whether he would appeal the fine.