(CHICAGO) — The Brooklyn Nets held a 14-point lead over the Chicago Bulls late in the fourth quarter, thinking they would head back to Brooklyn with homecourt advantage and the series tied.
That was when Nate Robinson stepped in.
Robinson scored 34 points, helping the Bulls wipe away their fourth-quarter deficit and outlast the Nets 142-134 in a triple overtime thriller.
“I always think I’m on fire, kind of like the old school game NBA Jam,” he said. “You make a couple in a row, the rim’s on fire. You shoot the ball, the ball’s on fire. I feel like that at times — all the time. Whenever I’m in the game, I just play with a lot of confidence. You kind of have to lie to yourself and feel like you can’t miss.”
The win gave the Bulls a 3-1 series lead and a chance to eliminate the Nets on Monday night in Brooklyn.
Robinson’s floater over Deron Williams in the first overtime gave the Bulls a two-point lead before Joe Johnson sent the game into a second overtime with a shot at the buzzer. Bulls center Joakim Noah had his potential game-winning jumper blocked at the end of the second overtime.
In the third extra session, the Bulls took the lead for good on a Noah jumper and the Nets just ran out of gas.
“Honestly, this is definitely a game we let get away,” Johnson said. “It’s disappointing, but the series isn’t over.”
Williams led the Nets with 32 points, while Brook Lopez added 26 points and 11 rebounds.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire