NEW YORK | Jason Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night.
Finally playing at home more than a week after returning to the NBA as the league's first openly gay player, Collins checked in to a standing ovation with 2:41 remaining, committed a foul just five seconds later and missed his only shot as the Nets won their third straight.
Deron Williams scored 20 points and Joe Johnson had 19 for the Nets (29-29), who got back to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2 after beating Utah on Nov. 5.
D.J. Augustin scored 16 points off the bench for the sloppy Bulls, who turned it over 28 times, leading to 30 Nets points, and had their four-game winning streak snapped.