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Butler, Bulls top Nets

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 15 points in a decisive third quarter that propelled the Chicago Bulls to a 95-78 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Christmas Day.

Taj Gibson led six Bulls players in double figures with 20 points off the bench. Carlos Boozer had 14 points and both Mike Dunleavy and reserve D.J. Augustin contributed 13 points apiece for Chicago, which has won consecutive games for the first time since a season-best five-game run from Nov. 8-18.

"We kept fighting on defense and rebounding," Augustin said. "Once they missed a shot we got it and pushed it. When we didn't have an open shot in transition, we pulled it out and ran a play."

Deron Williams scored 18 points to pace the Nets, who have dropped four games in a row.

"When we don't put the ball in the basket or we miss shots that are makeable, it translates to our defense of transition, first where we give up a layup," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "Then we miss another shot and it turns into another layup for the opposing team."

The Nets' offense was efficient early, as a Joe Johnson running bank shot made it 18-11.

Chicago then moved ahead with a 9-0 surge. Butler, back after sitting out the Bulls' last game with a right ankle injury, drained a 3-pointer to ignite the run.

The first quarter ended with Brooklyn holding a narrow 23-21 lead.

A 12-0 Chicago burst highlighted a second quarter during which Brooklyn shot 2-for-15 from the floor.

However, behind a late Williams-led charge, the Nets were able to whittle the Bulls' advantage down to 41-38 at halftime.

Aside from a brief hot stretch by Mirza Teletovic, the cold shooting continued for Brooklyn.

Teletovic powered the Nets to a 48-47 lead early in the second half, scoring 10 straight points for the home team. Teletovic was shut out the rest of the third quarter and no other Brooklyn player scored more than two points in a stanza that saw Chicago shoot 61.9 percent and seize firm control.

The Bulls went on another 12-0 run and later built a 21-point cushion in the waning moments of the third.

Game Notes

Guard Kirk Hinrich (back) returned to the Chicago lineup after a five-game absence, but the Bulls were without leading scorer Luol Deng for a third consecutive game because of a sore left Achilles ... The Bulls have now won eight of the last 10 regular-season games against the Nets ... Joakim Noah had 10 points and eight rebounds for Chicago ... Teletovic finished with 17 points ... Andray Blatche (1-of-11) posted seven points for the Nets, while Kevin Garnett (2-of-7) and Paul Pierce (1-of-8) both were limited to six points ... Brooklyn shot 35.2 percent for the game.

12/25 19:36:17 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
6th
CLE 2
TOR 4
 
5th
DET 1
ANA 1
 
6th
NYM 2
ATL 3
 
6th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
4th
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
4th
WAS 0
STL 1
 
4th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
2nd
KAN 0
MIN 2
 
2nd
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
3rd
SAN 61
DAL 63
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
NYR 2
PHI 3
 
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1