NBA: Bulls 142, Nets 134, 3OT: Robinson 'on fire' as Chicago rallies

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z NBA: Bulls 142, Nets 134, 3OT: Robinson 'on fire' as Chicago ralliesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls were down and just about out in this one.

Go figure, Nate Robinson led them back.

Robinson scored 34 points, and Chicago wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation to beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday and take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Bulls trailed 109-95 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Robinson went on one of his tears, carrying his team to an improbable win with a stretch that reminded the streaky point guard of a video game.

"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. ... You kind of have to lie to yourself and feel like you can't miss."

There's the rub with Robinson. He'll rush shots. He'll miss. He'll make his coach cringe and every Bulls fan groan, but then, he'll do something like this.

Robinson scored all but five of his points after the third quarter, including the first 12 in a 14-0 run that wiped out Brooklyn's late lead. Then, with 2 seconds left in the first overtime, he banked in a go-ahead jump shot over Deron Williams.

Joe Johnson answered with one of his own to send it to another overtime, tied at 121. The Bulls had a chance to win in the closing seconds of the second extra session, but Joakim Noah was blocked, and the game went to a third OT.

The Bulls finally pulled away after Williams (32 points) drove for a layup to pull Brooklyn to 133-130 with three minutes left. The basket accounted for Williams' only points after regulation.

Luol Deng then scored to make it a five-point game, and Nazr Mohammed hit two shots in the final 32 seconds to help ice it.

The Bulls will try to wrap up the best-of-seven series at Brooklyn on Monday. The Nets must dig deep to win three in a row after they wasted a prime chance to draw even and steal back home-court advantage.

Brooklyn was leading by 14 after a dunk by Gerald Wallace with 3:45 left in the fourth. C.J. Watson then stole the ball and was all alone for a breakaway dunk, but he missed.

Robinson nailed a three with 2:53 left, and that got the tying run started. Boozer finished it with a layup with 0:55 left.

"We made a lot of mistakes up 14," the Nets' Williams said. "It was so long ago, I can't remember what all went on."

Today

• Knicks at Celtics: 10 a.m. on Ch. 9. Knicks lead 3-0

• Heat at Bucks: 12:30 p.m. on Ch. 9. Heat leads 3-0

• Spurs at Lakers: 4 p.m. on TNT. Spurs lead 3-0

• Nuggets at Warriors: 6:30 p.m. on TNT. Warriors lead 2-1

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