Nets Slam Bulls Inside for Game One Victory
A playoff series isn’t over when you are embarrassed in Game 1 on the road, as the Bulls were Saturday in Brooklyn in a 106-89 beating in which the Nets led by 25 points at halftime with already an astounding 40 inside points to eight for the Bulls.
“The game was over in the first half,” acknowledged Carlos Boozer, who was the team’s most effective player, at least on offense, with 25 points and eight rebounds in 45 minutes. “We tried to fight in the second half. They did a good job of jumping on us early. They’ve been doing that (to other teams) the last few weeks. So it’s something we’ve got to correct. Their first quarter they came out very aggressive and we took a hit there. The second quarter they had 35 (points). We’ve got to do a better job making them miss and regroup. We’ve been here before.”
Not a lot of times. But the Bulls have; others certainly have. There was that 2007 Bulls conference semifinals against the Pistons when the Bulls were blown out Games 1 and 2 in Detroit and then made the Pistons sweat into a sixth game. More famously, there were the Lakers going into Boston to open the 1985 Finals and losing by 34 points and then winning Game 2 and the series.