Rose-less Bulls lose to Nets

Nets beat Bulls, 97-85

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    New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries, center, fights through a block between Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and Kyle Korver during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Deron Williams scored 29 points, Kris Humphries had 24 points and 18 rebounds, and the New Jersey Nets dominated the Chicago Bulls 97-85 to snap an eight-game losing streak on Saturday.

    Chicago's Derrick Rose missed his fifth straight game because of back pain, and the Nets took advantage, jumping out to a 22-3 lead while rolling to their first victory since Feb. 1.

    The lopsided win wasn't the only good news for New Jersey. Coach Avery Johnson said center Brook Lopez will start Sunday against Milwaukee after being sidelined all season by a broken right foot, a big boost for a team that began the day last in the Atlantic Division.