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|Bulls Blow Chance to Gain Ground on Playoff Spot Against Lowly Nets
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)-- Devin Harris hit a go-ahead jumper early in the second overtime and the New Jersey Nets prevented the Chicago Bulls from taking over the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 127-116 victory Friday night.
Terrence Williams had a career-high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple double by a Nets rookie since 2001. Brook Lopez added 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Harris scored 19 as the Nets become the best friends of the Toronto Raptors for at least one night.
The Bulls' loss coupled with the Raptors' loss in Atlanta left the teams tied for eighth in the conference with 38-41 records with three games left in the regular season.
The teams meet in Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors have the tiebreaker should they finish tied.
Brad Miller scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who lost for only the fourth time in 11 games. Derrick Rose added 25 points before fouling out in the second overtime.
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