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D'Angelo Russell scored 24 of his 30 points over the final two quarters, Shabazz Napier had 24 off the bench and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 122-117 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight win at home.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Joe Harris had 17 for the Nets, who improved to 28-24 and matched last season's win total.


Brooklyn started slow in the first quarter, shooting just 8 for 29 from the field, after losing at Boston on Monday night.


The Nets trailed by nine at one point and 54-50 at halftime but turned it around after Russell made three straight baskets during a one-minute stretch that bridged the end of the third quarter and the final period.


Zach Levine had 26 points and Jabari Parker added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11.


Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, each on the defensive end of the court.


Markkanen scored five straight points late in the fourth to inch the Bulls closer 110-106 with 2:18 left.


On the next possession, Parker blocked DeMarre Carroll's driving layup and Russell was able to recover the ball near the halfcourt area after a Chicago defender tried to scoop it up. Russell's hustle play was capped with a nifty pass to a cutting Harris that made it 112-106.


The Bulls continue a three-game trip Wednesday night in Miami.

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