NEW YORK —
The second quarter is where it got away from the Bulls on Saturday, but this time they methodically increased their lead to seven midway through the period. A 12-3 run by the Nets, capped by three straight jumpers by Lopez from about the same spot, gave them a 39-37 lead, though Chicago quickly stopped the momentum by answering with six straight.
C.J. Watson scored the final five points of the half, including a 3 at the buzzer that trimmed Chicago’s lead to 47-46.
Notes: This will be the first Chicago-Nets series that isn’t a sweep. The Bulls won 3-0 in the first round in 1998 during their last title run. ... Former New York Giants teammates Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan sat together. ... The Nets have held a 2-0 series lead five times, winning each series.