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Banged up Bulls try again to close out Nets, avoid decisive seventh game at Brooklyn

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    From left, Chicago Bulls' Richard Hamilton, Marquis Teague, Malcolm Thomas, Joakim Noah (13) and Taj Gibson react from the bench in the second half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 29, 2013, in New York. The Nets won 110-91. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

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    Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11), Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, and center Joakim Noah, right, compete for a loose ball in the first half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) collides with Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) as he drives toward the basket in the first half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

The Chicago Bulls looked like they were ready to put away Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets and move on to the second round of the playoffs.

They're still in position. Things are just a little more interesting.

With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try again to wrap it up when the series shifts back to the United Center on Thursday.

The Nets seemed all but out of it before a 110-91 victory at the Barclays Center on Monday night. Now, the Bulls appear to be reeling as they try to avoid a decisive seventh game at Brooklyn on Saturday.

Point guard Kirk Hinrich might miss his second straight game because of a bruised left calf. Luol Deng and Taj Gibson were sick Wednesday and stayed home.