The Italian, who previously played for New Orleans, needed to win a tiebreaker round in the final to beat Bradley Beal.
Amare Stoudemire added 11 points and Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani had 10 each for New York (10-21), which snapped a three-game skid.
J.R. Smith is far from the perfect player, but the Knicks have no choice but to sign him. If J.R. wants to bolt to a bad team for more money, he can.
Joe Johnson slumped in Game 7, only scoring six points as the Nets were eliminated.
After all the money, all the hype, and all the expectations that came with owning home-court advantage in an NBA playoff series, Brooklyn’s inaugural season ended with a dud.
The most pressing matter for Brooklyn is trying to find a way to win in Chicago, something it hasn’t done this season. The Nets dropped both regular-season matchups there and lost Games 3 and 4.
Strategically speaking, I can’t imagine a worse matchup — outside of Miami — for the Nets, who lost three of four to Chicago during the regular season.
Turnovers cost the Nets as the Bulls won 83-82.
Knicks’ shooters went cold on Saturday night as the Bulls snapped the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
The Nets fell to the Hornets on Saturday night as they blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead.