Forget trading for Kobe Bryant.

It might be time to find out what A.J. Guyton is doing.

Not since the long-out-of-the-league Guyton led the Bulls in scoring on April 17, 2001, have the Bulls won a road game against the Nets at the newly renamed Izod Center.

The misery continued Wednesday night in the Bulls' 42nd season opener, a 112-103 overtime loss that marked their 12th straight defeat here.

The Bulls have talked openly about the need to get off to a better start this season. But a flat first half and an even worse ending left them shaking their heads collectively.

"I don't know what it is about this place," a weary Ben Gordon said.

Since the Bulls shot 39.6 percent, consider them far more accurate at shooting themselves in the foot.

That's what 30 fouls and consistently slow defensive rotations mean. That's what 16 turnovers mean. That's what broken plays at inopportune times will do.

The Bulls had the final possession of regulation, but Gordon, who led the Bulls with 27 points on just 8-of-25 shooting, had to force a 27-footer off a broken play that left coach Scott Skiles screaming at Andres Nocioni.

Ben Wallace corralled Gordon's air ball but offered up an awkward shot that wasn't close at the regulation buzzer.

"It got goofed up a little bit," Gordon said. "We didn't really execute it the way we were supposed to. There was supposed to be a guy cutting to the hoop. I just came off the screen. I ended up taking a forced shot."

The Nets never trailed in overtime, jumping ahead on Antoine Wright's three-pointer in the first minute. Wright scored a career-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting off the bench.

"He hit a couple of shots when we had a hand up," Skiles said. "Most of the night, we were slower than we'd like to be defensively. We just have to address it."

The Bulls also have to address a recurring theme from last season—Kirk Hinrich foul trouble. The point guard fouled out with just 25 minutes of playing time, forcing Gordon into a primary ballhandling role early.

Gordon committed six turnovers before Chris Duhon came on to stabilize matters. Duhon, who left briefly with a left elbow contusion, scored 10 points with six assists in 30 stellar minutes.

"I got some cheap ones," Hinrich said.

The Bulls were within 103-102 in overtime when Richard Jefferson, who led all scorers with 29 points, drained a tough shot over Nocioni.

When Wallace followed with an inexcusable turnover from the point, Jefferson hit a three-pointer with 37.6 seconds left to seal matters.

"We always seem to come back, but we fall so far behind," Skiles said.

"For 2 1/2 quarters, we were a step slow."

Indeed, the Bulls looked flat in falling behind 56-41 at halftime.

Tyrus Thomas, Luol Deng and Hinrich committed turnovers on the Bulls' first three possessions.

In one second-quarter stretch, the Bulls missed 14 of 15 shots. The Nets closed the first half with a 12-4 run highlighted by brutal, back-to-back turnovers from Thabo Sefolosha and Gordon.

But Gordon heated up in the third, forgetting a 3-for-10 start to hit four straight shots. That included a three-pointer to cap a 22-8 run that pulled the Bulls to within 66-63. Gordon scored 14 of his 16 third-quarter points in the spurt.

Deng added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who are now 22-20 in openers.

"We made a lot of mistakes, but we played hard," Deng said. "It's the first game. We'll be OK."

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