CHICAGO - Remember those Nets that went 0-18 for the worst start in NBA history? Now, they're on a roll.
They’ve put together two wins in their past three games, including their first road victory when they beat the struggling Chicago Bulls, 103-101, behind Brook Lopez’s 25 points and a clutch go-ahead basket from Devin Harris on Tuesday.
“Is it over?” interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe said after a wild finish. “This is really about our guys coming to play at the end.”
The Nets, who finally cracked the victory column by beating Charlotte before losing to the Knicks, are 2-19 — 1-12 away from home.
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“The Nets are finally getting healthy. They will start winning some games,” said Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro, who has his own set of problems with eight losses in nine games.
Derrick Rose, who had 11 of his 27 points in the final quarter, drove and banked in a high arching shot to give Chicago a 100-99 lead with 19.5 seconds to go.
But Harris answered with a driving shot of his own with Rose guarding him, putting the Nets back up 101-100 with 14.9 seconds to go.
“I saw an opening and I knew what to do,” Harris said. “It was the same play they ran, we ran on the other end. Pretty much an isolation. It was my shot to take. It just happened that we both ended up hitting runners, going right.”
After a timeout, the Bulls couldn’t get the ball back to Rose, who had been driving to the basket or getting in the lane for good shots.
Instead, Chicago’s John Salmons missed a 3-point attempt before Rafer Alston made two at the free throw line with 6.3 seconds remaining, giving New Jersey a 103-100 lead.
“The play was designed for Derrick to come and get the ball. ... Derrick was unable to get open and we went to John Salmons,” Del Negro said. “We did not attack on that and pulled back for the jumper.”
Chris Douglas-Roberts added 20 points for New Jersey.
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2 GRANGER OUT The Indiana Pacers will be without leading scoring Danny Granger, the league’s most improved player last season, for four-to-six weeks with a foot injury.
3 FASTBREAKS Portland forward Rudy Fernandez underwent a procedure to alleviate nerve pressure in his back and is expected to miss up to six weeks. ... Injured forward Luke Walton will fill in for radio commentator Mychal Thompson when the Lakers play Friday against Minnesota and Saturday at Utah. ... Denver’s Kenyon Martin did not play against Charlotte because of a dislocated left pinkie.