Saturday, April 27, 2013
Inside the Nets' epic collapse
By Mark Simon | ESPN Stats & Information
The Brooklyn Nets looked to be on their way to evening this series, with a 14-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But an epic comeback powered by Nate Robinson thwarted the Nets' efforts and made for a remarkable victory for the Chicago Bulls.
Nate Robinson was in all-time great mode in the fourth-quarter comeback
The Bulls now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead in the series. Let's delve into the statistical recap.
A long game's journey into night
This was the seventh playoff game in NBA history that went at least triple overtime. Only one playoff game went quadruple overtime, between the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals in 1953.
Saturday's game went long enough that all 10 starting players scored at least 15 points. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that since starts were tracked in 1970-71, this was only the second playoff game in which that happened. The other instance was in 1987 in a double-overtime game between the Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls scored a team record 142 points on Saturday, the most by any team in a playoff game since 1992, when the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 153-151 in the highest-scoring playoff game in NBA history.
Nate The Great
Robinson doubled his previous playoff career high with 34 points, including 23 in the fourth quarter. That's one shy of the Bulls' record for most points in any quarter of a playoff game. Michael Jordan holds that mark with 24 points in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the 1990 Eastern Conference semifinals.
Robinson had 29 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes, including nine baskets from outside the paint. That matched the most points scored after the third quarter of a playoff game by anyone in the past 15 seasons. LeBron James had 29 points after the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers against the Detroit Pistons in 2007.
Robinson's 34 points are the most scored by a Bulls reserve in a playoff game since starters were recorded. The previous mark was 30 set by Ben Gordon against the Pistons in 2005.
Impact defensive player: Joakim Noah
Noah had a terrific game on the defensive end. Case in point: Consider that Brook Lopez was 2-for-12 with eight points when defended by Noah. Lopez was 7-for-8 for 18 points when guarded by anyone else.
Glass half full for Nets?
Deron Williams finished with 32 points and 10 assists, though he scored only two points in the three overtimes.
The Nets have now had three 30-10 performances in a playoff game. Jason Kidd had one in 2002 and Vince Carter did so in 2005.
Those three games have a common bond. In each case, the Nets lost.
However, an optimistic Nets fan might tell you this: The Nets have blown leads of 13 points or more to lose a playoff game three times since 2002. In each of the other previous instances, the Nets won the series.