It was a big win that came with worrisome news. The Nets carried over their energy from Saturday win against Denver, defeating the Bulls, 115-107. With the win, Brooklyn improves to 45-24 on the season, retaining their one game lead over the surging Bucks for the second seed in the East with three games remaining. The Nets are two games behind the first place 76ers. Both the Sixers and Bucks hold the tiebreaker over Brooklyn. Although the Nets looked scary throughout the first three-quarters of play , Chicago made it a game late. But the big story was Kyrie Irving who suffered what was described as a acial contusion in the third quarter. Irving caught a hard elbow to his face from Nikola Vucevic, who was fighting for an offensive rebound. After lying on the baseline for a few minutes, his jersey pulled over his face, the Nets guard was assisted by the medical staff and walked to the locker room and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest. Kyrie gets hit in the face, heads to the locker room 2-13 campaign). The team now has an overall . 662 winning percentage which if it holds will be the best ever for the franchise, besting the . 634 the Nets achieved in the 2001-02 season. Also, if the Nets stay above . 648 for the season, Steve Nash will become the winningest coach in franchise history. P. J. Carlesimo, who filled in after Avery Johnson was canned, is the current leader. Mike James fateMike James played a solid game after Kyrie Irving went down, finishing with 10 points, eight assists and seven boards. Although he shot 1-of-7 overall, James hit all eight of his free throws. Is it enough to get James a standard NBA deal His second 10-day runs out after tonight and if the Nets want him around in the post-season, theyl have to sign him to a standard deal or open one of the team two two-way slots currently held by Chris Chiozza and Reggie Perry. James is expected return to CSKA Moscow next season. Nets - Knicks first roundNothing is set yet , but after the Knicks loss to the Lakers in OT early this morning, the possibility of a Nets-Knicks first round series is becoming more and more likely . With the loss, the Knicks drop from fourth to sixth. Although the Hawks, Heat and Knicks have the same records, the Knicks fall behind the other two because of tiebreakers. Whoever finishes sixth in the seedings will face the No. 3 seed and right now, the Nets are in second, but only one game back of the Bucks. If the Nets drop into third and the Knicks stay in sixth, the first round would be New York, New York, and the promise of the New Yorker cover would be fulfilled. Inside this week issue of The New Yorker: 1Any such series would start May 22 in Brooklyn. Watch this space!What nextThe Nets will be back in action Wednesday when the team hosts the San Antonio Spurs. The game is scheduled to tip at 8:00 PM ET and is the second leg of a back-to-back.