Bulls Outlast Nets in Triple OT for 3-1 Series Lead
2013 NBA Playoffs
Backup center Nazr Mohammed scored four of his nine points in third overtime to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 142-134 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Saturday's Game 4 for a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round showdown at United Center.
Mohammed also grabbed six boards in 19 minutes of action while Nate Robinson scored 34 points, 23 coming in the fourth period to help the Bulls erase a 14-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
Robinson shot 14-for-23 from the field on top of four assists and two steals before fouling out in the second overtime. He also received a technical foul for shoving guard C.J. Watson in the second quarter.
Carlos Boozer had 21 points, Kirk Hinrich scored 18 and issued 14 dimes, Jimmy Butler had 16, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng had 15 points each for the Bulls, who have a chance to advance with a victory in Game 5 Monday in Brooklyn.
"Huge win, huge win," said Noah, who grabbed 13 boards and swatted four enemy shots.
Deron Williams tallied 32 points and 10 assists, Brook Lopez had 26 points and 11 boards, Joe Johnson added 22, Gerald Wallace had 17 while Reggie Evans scored 15 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Nets.
However, the Nets failed to get enough firepower from their bench players as Andray Blatche was the only reserve in double figures with 10 points while Watson had nine.
For their part, the Bulls got 57 points from their bench, with Taj Gibson contributing 10 and Marco Bellinelli adding four to Robinson and Mohammed's output.
The Nets grabbed a 109-95 lead with less than four minutes remaining in regulation but Robinson scored 12 straight points before Boozer tied the game with a short jumper.
Lopez sank two foul shots but Noah countered with a layup to tie the game anew. The Nets had a chance to win it but Williams missed a three-pointer.
In the first overtime, Robinson hit a 23-foot shot to give the Bulls a 121-119 lead but Johnson buried an eight-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the game to another extra period.
The Nets and the Bulls got their respective chances to win it in second overtime but Lopez split his charities with 48 seconds remaining while Noah blew a short jumper as time expired.
Bulls wear down Nets 142-134 in 3-OT epic
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