Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo used the word "agitated" to describe the mood of his team in advance of Saturday's Game 4 matinee against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. And that was before Nate Robinson shoved C.J. Watson into the scorer's table. In a three-overtime epic, the Bulls wore down the Nets 142-134 to take a 3-1 series lead. The Bulls staged a dramatic rally led by Robinson in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, erasing a 14-point deficit and sending the game into overtime tied at 111. They appeared to have it won on Robinson's running jumper with two seconds to play in the extra period, but the Nets' Joe Johnson scored at the buzzer to force a second OT tied at 121. Joakim Noah was stopped on a drive to the hoop at the end of the second overtime, sending the game into a third OT tied at 127. Robinson fouled out with 34 points, while Deron Williams had 32 for the Nets. Following a thoroughly entertaining, offensive-oriented first half, the Bulls led the Nets 58-55 at halftime. Four Bulls reached double figures, led by Kirk Hinrich's 13 points. Hinrich scored six points in a 10-2 run late in the first half that gave the Bulls their biggest lead at 11 points. But the Nets closed the first half with an 8-0 run sparked by 3-pointers from Williams and Gerald Wallace. The Nets, led by Williams' 15 points and seven assists, shots 54.1 percent. The Bulls shot 57.5 percent. Robinson and Watson, who exchanged words earlier in the series, drew technical fouls for their fracas, which occurred after Robinson fouled Watson. No player from either team appeared to leave the bench area.
Bulls rally, wear down Nets 142-134 in 3-OT epic
Chicago Tribune | Apr 27