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CHICAGO -- Marco Belinelli scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead basket on a driving lay-in with 22.1 seconds left, leading the Chicago Bulls to an 83-82 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday at the United Center.

Belinelli got a pick from Joakim Noah at the top of the key and both Brooklyn defenders, Brook Lopez and C.J. Watson, collided. That opened a wide path for Belinelli to drive for the winning layup.

On the other end, Brooklyn guard Deron Williams missed a jumper over rookie Marquis Teague. The Bulls grabbed the rebound and Belinelli added two free throws with 4.9 seconds on the clock. Chicago needed every point, because Williams nailed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls, Carlos Boozer scored 15, while Noah finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Williams led the Nets with 24 points and Lopez contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulls led 69-64 early in the fourth quarter before Brooklyn made its move. Joe Johnson and Lopez scored all the points in a 13-2 run that sent the Nets ahead 77-71 on a Johnson hook shot with 5:42 left.

Teague scored on a driving lay-in and 20-foot jumper to bring the Bulls back within two points. Then Teague made the mistake of fouling Williams on a 3-point attempt and Williams hit 2-of-3 free throws to make it 79-75 with 2:01 remaining.

Noah dropped a perfect pass from Teague out of bounds on the next trip. But the Bulls defense forced consecutive turnovers, resulting in fast-break baskets by Belinelli and Deng to tie the score at 79-79 with 1:01 left.

Lopez returned to the lineup Friday after missing seven games with a sprained right foot. He played 24 minutes against Detroit, producing nine points and four rebounds. Lopez was back in the starting lineup against the Bulls and scored Brooklyn's first six points of the night.

NOTES: Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich missed his second consecutive game with a bruised left knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich is feeling better and defined his status as day-to-day. ... Brooklyn forward Jerry Stackhouse (sore right knee) missed his third game in a row, while Chicago guard Richard Hamilton (torn plantar fascia) has been out since Dec. 4. ... Saturday's game featured the first game back in Chicago for Nets guard C.J. Watson, who spent the previous two seasons with the Bulls. When Chicago declined to pick up his contract option for this season, Watson signed with Brooklyn. Nets guard Keith Bogans played with the Bulls two years ago, starting every game at shooting guard when they went 62-20 and lost in the Eastern Conference finals. ... Brooklyn played the second leg of back-to-back games Saturday, after beating Detroit in double-overtime at home. Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson both logged more than 50 minutes against the Pistons. The Bulls had the previous two days off.
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