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New Jersey Nets At Chicago Bulls: Tough New Year's Eve Task Awaits Nets In The Windy City

The New Jersey Nets continue their busy New Year's Eve week of games when they take on the Bulls in Chicago on Friday.  This will be the Nets second of three on the road before coming back home next week.

New Jersey opened the road trip with Wednesday's 114-93 setback in Oklahoma City, as Devin Harris and Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points apiece.  The Nets had 23 turnovers and got 12 points from Travis Outlaw.

"In that second quarter they really turned it on us," said Nets coach Avery Johnson, whose team was outscored, 33-22, in the second stanza and has dropped 12 of its last 15 games.  "That just switched the momentum. You don't have any defense for turnovers."

New Jersey is just 3-14 outside of Newark this season and will also make a stop in Minnesota on the road swing.  Nets guard Jordan Farmar is listed as doubtful for Friday's game with a sore right knee.  Farmar is averaging 9.6 points and 4.1 assists in his first year with New Jersey after spending the previous four years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the middle of a four-game homestand and are fresh off a 90-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.  Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 24 points each.

In what is bad news for the Nets, Chicago is 18-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points.  New Jersey is third-to-last in scoring in the NBA with 92.8 points per game.

The Bulls are winners of 11 of their last 13 games.

The Nets and Bulls are meeting for the first time since New Jersey took two of three meetings in the series a year ago. New Jersey has lost five of six visits to the Second City.

Sports Network contributed to this report.

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New Jersey Nets
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Friday, Dec 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EST
United Center

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