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NEW YORK -- Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the Nets turned the Brooklyn blackout into a blowout, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-89 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series. Williams scored 22 points, Lopez had 21 and the Nets ripped apart the Bulls vaunted defence with a spectacular second quarter, when they made 16 of 20 shots. "Thats a hell of a performance," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. Joe Johnson finished with 16 for the Nets, who made their successful first season in Brooklyn even better with a victory in their first playoff appearance since 2007. They will host Game 2 on Monday night. The Nets wore their road black uniforms and fans were encouraged to wear black as well to make it a "blackout" for the first major post-season game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956, when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Ebbets Field. The Nets then came out white-hot, shooting nearly 56 per cent and putting six players in double figures. "It was the end of the first (quarter) and they hit us with a haymaker, got us back on our heels," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "So end of the first, second quarter, poor defence, poor intensity, poor energy on offence. You cant win like that." Carlos Boozer had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had Joakim Noah in the starting lineup despite foot pain. But he was clearly limited, and there was no reason to play him more than the 14 minutes he got with the game never in doubt after halftime. The sellout crowd of 17,732 was roaring long before Nets reserve Jerry Stackhouse, who wears the No. 42 that Jackie Robinson once sported in Brooklyn, sang the national anthem. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who spent hundreds of millions on player contracts last summer expecting a longtime loser in New Jersey to win big in Brooklyn, came on the court to thank fans for their passion and support, telling them that this playoff appearance was only the beginning. And what a beginning it was. Williams even had a reverse dunk in the third quarter, showing how much better he feels after ankle pain had him playing well below his usual level before the All-Star break, when he could barely jump. Gerald Wallace and C.J. Watson each scored 14 for the Nets, while Andray Blatche had 12. Noah has battled plantar fasciitis in his right foot and Thibodeau said he didnt want his All-Star centre playing if he was injured. But Noah, who grew up in New York, wanted to give it a try. He finished with four points. "The thing is he hasnt practiced so hes going to be rusty, but Id rather have him out there. Whatever he can give us is a plus," Thibodeau said. "We didnt play well. It wasnt Jo, it was our team. So hes a big plus for our team, so wed like to have him out there. Weve got to play better. Everyone has to play better." The Bulls are still without Derrick Rose, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last years playoff opener. Thibodeau hasnt ruled out the former MVP returning in this series, noting the end would be two weeks from Saturday if it went the distance. That looked unlikely after Game 1. Chicago won three of four during the regular season, holding the Nets to 87.5 points per game, but Brooklyn had 89 after the third quarter of this one. Fans chanted "Brooklyn! Brooklyn!" before the tip and chanted Wallaces name during it, recognizing his strong performance after a difficult regular season. The Nets jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter, getting 12 points from Lopez. It was 38-26 midway through the second before the Nets blew it open. Lopez made two straight baskets, the latter a dunk after Williams juked Marco Belinelli so badly that Jay-Z practically jumped out of his nearby courtside seat. Former Bulls backup Watson followed with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game for the first time, and it was 60-35 at halftime after the Nets scored the final six points. "I thought we competed extremely well, I thought we defended extremely well and pushed the ball and shared the ball extremely well in the first half," Carlesimo said. Noah started the second half, clearly not running well, but was back on the bench before long. Nate Robinson scored 17 points for Chicago, while Jimmy Butler and Belinelli each had 13. Luol Deng had just six on 3-of-11 shooting. NOTES: Carlesimo got his first playoff victory since April 30, 1997, when he coached Portland. ... The Bulls reached the conference semifinals the previous three times they were a No. 5 seed. ... Jay-Z was in his usual seat near the Nets bench even though the rap mogul is selling his small portion of the team, as required, to focus on his player agency business. Nelson Cruz Authentic Jersey . Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles overcame a 25-point deficit to fend off the New Orleans Hornets, 108-102 on Wednesday night. 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Tyler Kennedy tallied in regulation for the Penguins, who have won four of five and crept within four points of first place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 stops in the first 65 minutes, then three of four saves in the shootout. It is not something we have been fazed by before, said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma of his club showing resilience with so many key players out of the lineup. Our guys keep playing and keep the standard up no matter what is happening in the game. Tonight is another example where we played well defensively and didnt give them a lot of chances. We were able to get the goal to tie the game and we had some chances to win, but it was a hard-fought game. Mike Richards lit the lamp for the Flyers, who have dropped two in a row and four of six. Philly tied a season-low for shots in one game with 20, first set on January 6 at New Jersey. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots in defeat. Fleury let Richards chance to open the final round settle in his breadbasket, then Kunitz managed to slide a shot underneath Bobrovsky for the game-deciding score. Bobrovsky was tested in the first three minutes of the game, but turned back Kennedys breakaway bid with his right pad. The Flyers took a one-goal edge with 4:42 left in the first period, when James van Riemsdyks pass into the slot for Richards ppopped up off his skate, then floated over Fleurys head before settling in the net.dddddddddddd Kennedy did even the game 61 seconds into the second period, ripping a shot high and inside the right post. Bobrovskys right pad bailed out his club once more, after Maxime Talbot capitalized on a miscommunication and soloed in on the Philadelphia net 3 1/2 minutes into the third period during a Flyers power play. James Neal also hit the Russian rookie in his pad with just under three minutes to play, then Kris Letang was stopped by Bobrovsky with just over two minutes left in overtime. Seconds later, the Pens defenseman shot high over an open net. We didnt play good the whole game, not just the third period. We didnt have a shot on net for I dont know how long, said Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Luckily we had Bob [Bobrovsky]. He kept us in the game. He was unbelievable, but we cant have those kind of games close to the playoffs. GAME NOTES:Pittsburgh improved to 7-2-0 in its last nine trips to Philadelphia...The season series concludes on Tuesday in the Steel City...Coming into the game, the Flyers held a record of 14-3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents, the best record of any NHL team against its own division...Philly set a franchise record by participating in its fourth straight shootout...The Penguins added backup goaltender Brent Johnson to the list of wounded, out with an upper-body injury. The club recalled netminder Brad Thiessen from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL earlier Thursday...Attendance was a season-high 19,902. ' ' '
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