In the single strangest — some might say best — game of the playoffs to this point, the Chicago Bulls overcame a double-digit deficit in the final minutes of the fourth quarter behind a 23-point fourth quarter explosion from Nate Robinson to force three overtimes, and then put the game away in the final overtime period, winning 142-134.
The Bulls trailed 107-95 with four minutes remaining and seemed done, but Nate Robinson willed them back. They tied the game initially at 109 when Nate found Carlos Boozer for a reverse layup, then tied it again at 111 on a Joakim Noah tip-in. In the first overtime, Robinson hit a jumper to put the Bulls up two with 1.7 seconds left, but Joe Johnson tied it at the buzzer. Robinson would foul out in the second overtime, but the Bulls persevered and pulled out the win with a dominating third overtime period.
Robinson finished with 34 points, Kirk Hinrich had 18 points and 14 assists, Joakim Noah had 15 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes, Jimmy Butler had 16, Carlos Boozer had 21 and Taj Gibson scored 10. Chicago overcame Deron Williams’ 32 points and 10 assists, along with 32 points combined from Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans.
The series now returns to Brooklyn with the Bulls up 3-1. Game five will take place at 6 p.m. central time on Monday.