Little Nate Robinson carried the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Getty Images)
One of the more unlikely playoff teams in NBA history has pulled off one of the more unlikely wins in NBA playoff history. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 142-134, on Saturday afternoon in a four-hour, triple-overtime marathon that at one point seemed in danger of doubling the score of Thursday night’s sluggish Game 3 Bulls victory.
For the first three games of the Bulls-Nets series, the on-court action was criticized for being deliberate, defensively based, and too ugly for public consumption. On Saturday afternoon, though, the public consumed a whole lot more of the Bulls and Nets than they expected. Sixty-three minutes worth of action from the two teams, as Chicago pulled out the remarkable win thanks to the play of Nate Robinson, and the team’s ability to overcome just about any obstacle imaginable.
The game started as a surprisingly efficient offensive affair, with both sides running out to a strong first half while point guards Kirk Hinrich and Deron Williams traded jumpers as opposed to trading stops. Brooklyn grew in confidence as the game moved along, thanks in part to a Bulls defense that seemed a little flat for the first time in a few games — Williams (32 points, 11 for 25 shooting on Saturday after missing 17 of his last 23 shots heading into Game 4) and Joe Johnson (22 points) were allowed to step into jumpers, while the team’s bench contributed solid play on the offensive end.
As a result, the Bulls turned to one of the NBA’s more offensive players. Pugnacious, 5-foot-9 spark-plug Robinson.Read More »from Chicago Bulls defeat the Brooklyn Nets in triple overtime thriller, take 3-1 series lead (Videos)