* In NBA history, teams that lead best-of-seven series 3-2 have gone on to win that series 216 of 252 times. When the Heat came back to beat the Celtics in seven games in the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Finals, it snapped a streak of 14 straight best-of-seven series won by the club that had held a 3-2 lead.
* The Bulls are 13-1 all-time in best-of-seven series all-time when leading 3-2, the one loss coming to the Warriors in 1974-75. They are 5-1 in Game 6s at home when leading the series 3-2. This is the fourth time in franchise history the Nets have trailed a best-of-seven series 3-2. They have never forced a Game 7 (0-3).
* In Games 1-4 of this series, Chicago’s bench outscored Brooklyn’s by an average of 13 points per game (37.0 to 24.0). But in Game 5, the Nets’ reserves had 32 points – 12 more than the Bulls’ bench players.
* Brook Lopez has now had at least 20 points in each of his first five career playoff games. The last player to do this was LeBron James, who had 20+ points in 19 straight games to start his postseason career, April 22, 2006-May 8, 2007.
* Carlos Boozer had just eight field-goal attempts in Game 5, tied for the fourth-fewest FGA in a postseason game in his career.
* Luol Deng is just 1-for-18 (.056) from behind the three-point line in this series. The last player to shoot a worse percentage from behind the arc in a single postseason (minimum 18 3PA) was Robert Horry, who made just 2 of 38 attempts (.053) for the Lakers in the 2002-03 playoffs. Deng, who is a game-time decision for Game 6 with an illness, shot 32.2 percent from three-point range during the regular season.