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Bulls beat Nets in Game 7; on to Miami

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:00 a.m. CST
Bulls center Joakim Noah dunks Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez (from left) Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams as teammate Carlos Boozer watches during the first half in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series in New York. The Bulls won, 99-93. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK – Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-93, on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two starters and every run the Nets tried to make in the second half to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history. They advanced to a second-round series against defending champion Miami that starts Monday night.

The Bulls opened a 17-point halftime lead with a rare offensive outburst, and found a way to get big baskets every time the Nets pulled close to win the NBA's only do-or-die game of the first round.

Deron Williams had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets. They were trying to become the ninth NBA team to win a series after trailing 3-1.

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