With reason to crumble, Bulls stand tallest

May, 5, 2013
5/05/13
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Windhorst By Brian Windhorst
ESPN.com
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NEW YORK -- John Paxson's face was red with emotion as he stepped out of the Chicago Bulls locker room moments after his team had pulled off the most remarkable feat yet in this postseason.

In the hallway the Bulls' president met his former teammate Steve Kerr, who had just called the game for TNT. Between the two of them, they've slipped on six championship rings playing for the Bulls and celebrated dozens of playoff victories, many with much more on the line than the game they just witnessed. But even as sidekicks to the great Michael Jordan, Paxson and Kerr never pulled off what the current Bulls did Saturday night.

"That was one for the ages," Kerr told Paxson.

The Bulls won a road Game 7, overcoming the loss of two starters (not including Derrick Rose) to stun the heavy favorite Brooklyn Nets, 99-93. It was the first time in the Bulls' long, storied history they'd ever done it and they did it under outrageous circumstances.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.9 3.3 1.6 39.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.7
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0