Notebook: Bulls 142, Nets 134 (3OT)

Posted Apr 27, 2013 8:40 PM

Kent McDill, for

THE FACTS: In a game that lasted just under four hours (3:57), the host Chicago Bulls outlasted the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in three overtimes Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series. With the Bulls trailing by 14 points with 2:53 left in regulation, Bulls guard Nate Robinson scored 12 consecutive points, then had the assist on the game-tying basket by Carlos Boozer to create the tight game late. Robinson, who fouled out with 1:03 left in the second overtime, led all scorers with 34 points, 23 of them in the fourth quarter. Deron Williams led the Nets with 32 points and 10 assists but scored just two points in 15 minutes of overtime.

QUOTABLE I: "We got a stop, and got the ball to Nate. Then we got a stop, and got the ball to Nate. Then we got a stop, and got the ball to Nate."
-- Boozer, talking about how the Bulls got back into the game in the fourth quarter.

THE FACTS II: The Bulls led by 11 in the first half, then the Nets came back and eventually had the 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Five players fouled out of the game.

QUOTABLE II: "I tease coach a lot. It seems every shot I take, he is mad. But I always feel like I'm on fire."
-- Bulls guard Nate Robinson.

THE STAT: In regulation, the Nets shot 57 percent (40-for-70). In the three overtimes, the Nets made just 8-of-27 shots (29.6 percent). The Bulls shot 54 percent in regulation (44-for-81) and made 14-of-28 shots (50 percent) in extra time.

THE STAT II: The Nets attempted 45 free throws but made just 29 of them (64.4 percent). The Bulls were 20 for 29 from the line (69 percent).

THE STAT III: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich played 59:36 out of a possible 63 official minutes in the game, and had 18 points and 14 assists.. Williams played 57:54 for the Nets.

TURNING POINT: With the Nets leading 109-95 with 3:45 left in regulation, Brooklyn guard C.J. Watson made a steal and went in for a clear dunk. But he put it too hard to the hoop and it bounced off the far side of the rim. The Bulls scored the next 14 points to tie the game at 109-109 with 55 seconds left in regulation.

INJURY UPDATE: Still playing with the pain of plantar fasciitis, Joakim Noah of the Bulls and Joe Johnson of the Nets each played significant minutes and roles. Johnson played 48 minutes and scored 22 points while Noah played 38:43 and scored 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

HOT: Robinson was 14-for-23 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Boozer was 10-for-16 for his 21 points. Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans, the two least effective scorers in Brooklyn's starting lineup, combined to go 10-for-16 from the field.

NOT: Despite having 15 points and 13 rebounds, Evans was five for 12 from the free throw line. Luol Deng of the Bulls continues to struggle with his shooting, going 7-for-19 in 56:45 of playing time.

QUOTABLE III: "It was a great basketball game. Killer."
-- Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Robinson and Nets guard Watson got technical fouls in a scuffle in the second quarter. Same thing for Wallace and Boozer in the fourth quarter. Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams got a technical in the first quarter for complaining about a non-call against his team.

GOOD MOVE: Bulls backup center Nazr Mohammed played only 63 games during the regular season as coach Tom Thibodeau found it difficult to trust him as relief for Noah. But Mohammed, who was in the game late because Noah fouled out, had two key offensive plays and a blocked shot in the final 30 seconds of the third overtime to seal the win for the Bulls.

EARLY HEROES: Hinrich scored 11 of his 18 points in the second quarter to help the Bulls build their double-digit lead. Lopez made a desperation 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to give the Nets an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Robinson made a 23-foot bank jump shot with two seconds left in the first overtime to give the Bulls a 121-119 lead, but Johnson drove around Bulls guard Jimmy Butler for an easy jumper to tie the game and send it into the second overtime.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Watson's missed dunk, which changed the game in the Bulls' favor, was widely discussed at the United Center because it was Watson, while playing for the Bulls last season, who was blamed for the Bulls' final game playoff loss to Philadelphia last spring. With the Bulls ahead, Watson inexplicably passed the ball to backup center Omer Asik, who was fouled and missed two free throws, allowing the 76ers to win the game in the final seconds.

NOTABLE: Noah injured his foot 90 seconds into the game blocking a shot by Brook Lopez of the Nets, but played on... the Bulls set a team record for most points scored in a playoff game with 142, and in an NBA playoff game since 1992... it was the most points scored ... only three teams in the history of NBA quarterfinal playoff series have ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series...

CHASING JORDAN: Robinson's 23 points in the fourth quarter were one shy of Michael Jordan's team record for most points in a quarter by a Bull in a playoff game.

UP NEXT: Game Five of the Bulls-Nets first round playoff series in Brooklyn Monday.