The Chicago Bulls behind Nate Robinson’s 23 point fourth quarter masterpiece, and 34 points overall defeated the Brooklyn Nets in game 4 142-134 in three overtimes. It was the 2nd longest overtime game in playoff history. The longest, the Syracuse Nationals against the Boston Celtics which went 4 overtimes in 1953.
The Nets had the game won. With 2:59 left in the 4th quarter, the Nets led 109-95. That’s when Nate Robinson took over going on a personal 12-0 run to cut the lead to 2. Carlos Boozer then hit his signature jumper to tie the game. Robinson’s 23-point 4th quarter was just one point short of tying Michael Jordan’s scoring record for a quarter. Deron Williams had a chance to end it at the end of regulation, but his fade-away jumper was just off.
In the first overtime, Chicago led by 2, but Joe Johnson hit a floater at the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime. In the second overtime, the Bulls led 127-123 with 1:17 remaining. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez combination of a jumper and 2 free throws tied the game with 48 seconds remaining. Joakim Noah had 2 different chances to end the game at the end of the 2nd overtime, but was blocked by Brook Lopez on the first attempt, then missed a 6-foot jumper as time expired.
Chicago got off to a hot-start in the 3rd overtime taking a 137-132 lead with 32 seconds to go. Nazr Mohammed’s rebound and put back following a Carlos Boozer missed free throw was the knockout punch the Bulls were looking for. Boozer finished the game with 21 points.
For the Nets, Deron Williams was phenomenal before cooling down in the overtime periods. Williams finished with a Nets high 32 points and 10 assists in 58 minutes of action. Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich played a game high 60 minutes.
The Nets 134 points and the Bulls 142 points are both teams highest playoff total in franchise history. Chicago is now one game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. As of now, it looks like the winner of this series will have to face LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
From here on out, it’s win or go home for the Nets. Game 5 is set for Monday night at 7pm from Barclays Center.