Nets 91, Bulls 86

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Vince Carter and Jason Kidd combined to score 10 straight points down the stretch, and the New Jersey Nets rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 on Friday night.

Carter finished with 21 points, while Kidd had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets earned their first three-game winning streak. Richard Jefferson scored 18 points and Bostjan Nachbar, making his first start as a Net, had 16.

Luol Deng scored 22 points to lead Chicago. Andres Nocioni had 19, Ben Gordon 15 and Kirk Hinrich 13 as the Bulls dropped their 10th straight in New Jersey.

With the Bulls leading 84-81, Carter started the decisive run with a dunk with 2:49 remaining. He followed with a pair of free throws and another basket as the Nets took the lead for good at 85-84 with 1:05 left.

On the Bulls’ next possession, Kidd stole Gordon’s pass for a fast-break layup. After Deng missed two free throws, Kidd closed out the stretch with a spectacular shot. With his back to the basket, Kidd flipped the ball over Ben Wallace off the glass to put New Jersey up 89-84.

AP-ES-01-05-07 2234EST

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