Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the visiting Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 95-92 Thursday to tie their first-round series at 3.

The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday. The winner gets defending champion Miami in the second round.

The Bulls hung in until the end even though they were missing Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich.

A layup by Nazr Mohammed cut the Nets' lead to 93-92 with 25.2 seconds remaining.

Nate Robinson then fouled Andray Blatche, who had missed a free throw only moments earlier. This time, he hit both to make it a three-point game with 19.2 seconds left.

The Bulls had a chance to tie it, but Marco Belinelli missed a 3-pointer and Joakim Noah stepped out of bounds with about six seconds left.

Only eight NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 series, but the Nets are in position to do just that.

"Most people would have counted us out being down 3-1," Blatche said. "But we kept fighting. We showed that we have a lot of heart. Now that it's tied up, we have to go out with the same hunger, the same attitude, finish this off."

It helped that Hinrich missed his second straight game with a bruised left calf and that Deng was sidelined with flu-like symptoms, forcing the Bulls to shuffle their lineup.

"We're a team of fighters," Noah said. "We keep getting punched in the face, but we fight back. I'm proud of this team."

Timberwolves: The team fired president of basketball operations David Kahn and will replace him with former coach Flip Saunders, who added an additional title: part owner.

Saunders told ESPN -- for whom he is doing NBA studio commentary this season -- that he has signed a multiyear contract to manage the Wolves that includes minority ownership in a team that owner Glen Taylor put on the market last summer but recently said he now has no intention of selling.

Saunders, who coached the team from 1995 to 2005 before he was fired, will be reintroduced at a Friday news conference. Taylor declined to exercise a fifth and final option year on the contract Kahn signed when he was hired to replace Kevin McHale in May 2009.

Rockets: Houston star James Harden has been diagnosed with strep throat and is still expected to play Friday in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pistons: Phil Jackson has agreed to help Detroit search for a head coach. The Pistons said Jackson will serve as an adviser.

Wire services contributed to this report.