Ex-Washington Huskies guard Nate Robinson scored 34 points and Chicago wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation and beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls were down and just about out. But Nate Robinson led them back.
Robinson scored 34 points and Chicago wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation and beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Robinson, a former standout guard for the Washington Huskies and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, made 14 of 23 shots. He had 23 points in the fourth quarter, a point short of Michael Jordan’s franchise record for most points in one quarter in a playoff game.
Brooklyn led 109-95 with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter before Robinson scored the next 12 points of the game. Teammate Carlos Boozer tied the score on a reverse layup with 55.4 seconds left — on an assist from Robinson.
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Robinson’s streak reminded him of a video game.
“I always think I’m on fire, kind of like the old-school game NBA Jam,” he said. “You make a couple in a row, the rim’s on fire. You shoot the ball, the ball’s on fire. I feel like that at times — all the time. Whenever I’m in the game, I just play with a lot of confidence.
“You kind of have to lie to yourself and feel like you can’t miss.”
Robinson and Brooklyn’s C.J. Watson got tangled up in the second quarter and went crashing into the scorers’ table. They exchanged shoves and got technical fouls.
Westbrook to miss
rest of playoffs
OKLAHOMA CITY — All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook is out for the remainder of the playoffs after having knee surgery Saturday, Oklahoma City Thunder officials said.
In a statement, the team said surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in Westbrook’s right knee was successful and that a timetable for his return will be determined during the offseason. He was injured when Houston rookie Patrick Beverley tried for a steal in the second quarter of Game 2 Wednesday and ran into his knee.
A Thunder ball boy reportedly tweeted death threats to Beverley. Police in Oklahoma City and Houston are investigating.
Other playoff games
at Rockets 101
Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 41 points in his first game without Westbrook and Oklahoma City fought off Houston’s late rally for a 3-0 lead in their West first-round series.
At Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph scored 24 points each as Memphis beat Los Angeles and evened the West first-round series at 2-2.
Gasol had 13 rebounds to help the Grizzlies to a 45-28 advantage on the boards.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each scored 19 for the Clippers, who host Game 5 Tuesday night.
At Hawks 90, Pacers 69
Al Horford collected 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Atlanta to a rout of Indiana, cutting the Pacers’ lead in the East first-round series to 2-1.