NBA: New Jersey 97, Chicago 85

Feb. 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Deron Williams pumped in 29 points Saturday and the New Jersey Nets broke an eight-game losing streak with a 97-85 victory over Chicago.

Williams canned five 3-pointers and dished out eight assists while Kris Humphries contributed a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds for the Nets, who led wire-to-wire.

MarShon Brooks added 19 points as New Jersey used a tough defense to hold the Bulls to 39.3 percent (33-of-84) for the game.

Chicago, meanwhile, played without star guard Derrick Rose for the fifth consecutive game. The reigning NBA MVP was listed as day to day with a sore back.

Mike James and Carlos Boozer each scored 16 points to pace the Bulls.

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