Devin Harris scored 19 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and carried the New Jersey Nets for the second straight game in a 111-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The dazzling performance came just two days after Harris scored 39 points and hit a buzzer-beating half-court shot for a win over Philadelphia.
The All-Star point guard hit 7 of 9 shots from the field in the period to boost the Nets' playoff hopes and hand Chicago only its fifth loss in 13 games.
Reserve Bobby Simmons added 18 points and rookie Brook Lopez had 13. Vince Carter had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Ben Gordon had 17 points and recently acquired John Salmons added 15 points to lead the Bulls, who were a woeful 7-for-25 from the field in the final quarter, including one of their first 11.
Chicago, which was coming off an impressive win over Orlando in their first game since acquiring Salmons, Brad Miller and Tim Thomas in trades, seemed in control late in the third quarter after Kirk Hinrich hit three straight baskets to give the Bulls a 78-69 lead.
Harris suddenly started hitting everything. He converted a three-point play after getting Salmons off the floor on a jumper and hit a high-arcing layup to close the gap to 78-74 after three quarters.
Keyon Dooling got New Jersey within a point with an early 3-pointer, but Gordon hit a jumper to push the lead to 80-77.
A shot in the lane by backup center Sean Williams and two free throws by Dooling gave New Jersey an 81-80 lead before Chicago took its last lead at 82-81 on two free throws by Salmons.
Harris then went wild. He hit a layup, went down the lane for another basket and nailed a 3-pointer to give New Jersey an 88-82 edge. After feeding Lopez inside for a three-point play, Harris hit another jumper to give the Nets a 93-83 lead.
New Jersey built the lead to as many as 16 points down the stretch with Harris hitting a late 3-pointer before walking off to a standing ovation.
NOTES:@ ...Carter passed Derrick Coleman (1,859) for No. 3 all-time on the Nets in free throws made. ...Bulls F Tyrus Thomas blocked two shots and now now has blocks in 18 consecutive games. ...Williams has replaced Josh Boone as the Nets' backup center. Boone has not played the last two games. ...The Bulls beat the Nets twice earlier this season.
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