Nate Robinson was in all-time great mode in the fourth quarter comeback
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.
The Bulls now hold a commanding 3-games-to-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, a game between the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals in 1953.
The 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 197y0-71, this was only the second playoff game in which that happened. The other instance was in 1987 in a double-overtime game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks,
The Bulls scored a team record 142 points, 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 combined scoring playoff game in NBA history.
With 3:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Nets held a 14-point lead (109-95) over the Bulls and were shooting 60.6 percent from the field. At that moment, C.J. Watson missed a wide open transition dunk, marking the turning point in the game. The Nets were 8-for-31 from the field and 0-for-9 from 3-point range for the rest of the game.
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 game in Bulls playoff history.
Nate Robinson in 4th Quarter/OT
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 last 15 seasons.
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 Detroit Pistons in 2005.
Impact defensive player: Joakim Noah
Joakim 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. He was 7-for-8 for 18 points when guarded by anyone else.
Williams gave it his best effort
Deron Williams finished with 32 points and 10 assists, though he scored only two points in the three overtimes.
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.