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Bulls Give Up Game 5

Brookyn 110, Chicago 91

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    Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11), Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, and center Joakim Noah, right, compete for a loose ball in the first half.

    There will be a Game 6 between the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets, and fortunately for the Bulls, it'll be back in Chicago at the United Center on Thursday.

    Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago 110-91 on Monday night, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

    Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets down the stretch as the Nets finally pulled away in a game they led most of the way, but never by too much.

    Two days after rallying for a 142-134 triple-overtime victory, the Bulls were outscored 15-1 down the stretch and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami. Instead they will host Game 6 on Thursday.

    Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists starting in place of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who bruised his left calf in Saturday's game.

    Robinson scored 29 of his 34 points after the third quarter Saturday in a game the Nets led by 14 late in regulation. Coming off his big game and agitating to opposing fans even when he's struggling, Robinson was loudly booed during introductions, and each time he touched the ball early on.

    He made a jumper with 4:17 remaining to cut Brooklyn's lead to 95-90, but there would be no charge this time. Lopez converted a three-point play, and after a free throw by Jimmy Butler, Wallace nailed a 3-pointer, then came up with a steal and dunk to give the Nets a 103-91 advantage with 2 minutes to go.

    The Nets finished it off with ease, extending their first season in Brooklyn. They would host a Game 7 on Saturday.

    Only eight NBA teams have overcome a 3-1 deficit, but the Nets remained confident after Saturday's collapse, feeling they had outplayed the Bulls for long stretches during the series. They have led by double digits in four of the five games.

    But they need two more wins against a Bulls franchise that is 12-0 all-time when holding a 3-1 lead.

    The Nets ran off seven straight points late in the first quarter, five from Lopez, to turn a 17-17 tie into a 24-17 lead.

    Brooklyn got eight second-quarter points from Kris Humphries, then opened its biggest lead when Johnson and Gerald Wallace made consecutive 3-pointers before Lopez made two free throws to make it 50-40. The Nets led 52-44 at the break.

    The Nets had the lead into double digits a few times in the third quarter but never built on it. The Bulls were back within four by the end of the period after making 11 of 16 shots (69 percent).

    Butler made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and make it a one-point game, but Chicago never could grab the lead in the final period.

    The Nets improved to 6-0 all-time in Game 5s at home. They have never lost a series when holding home-court advantage.

    The Bulls played Monday without Kirk Hinrich, who suffered a severe calf bruise in Saturday's triple-overtime thriller.

    "It's real disappointing. You never want to miss playoff games," Hinrich said at the Bulls shootaround on Monday morning while sporting a walking boot.

    If the Bulls end up prevailing in the series, they'll advance to Round 2 and face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.