Bulls extend series lead with triple-overtime win over Nets

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CHICAGO — Nate Robinson scored 34 points, and the Chicago Bulls 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 first-round playoff series.

The Bulls were trailing 109-95 with less than 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter when Robinson put the Bulls on his back and carried them to the wild victory.

He scored all but five of his points after the third quarter, including the first 12 in a 14-0 run that wiped out the deficit. Then, with 2 seconds left in the first overtime, he banked in a go-ahead jumper over Deron Williams.

Joe Johnson answered with one of his own to send it into a second overtime, tied at 121. The Bulls had a chance to win in the closing seconds of the next extra session, but Joakim Noah was blocked, and the game went to a third overtime.

The Bulls finally pulled away from there.

The Bulls will try to wrap up the best-of-seven series at Brooklyn on Monday. The Nets are going to have to dig deep to win three in a row after they wasted a prime chance to draw even with Chicago and steal back home-court advantage.

GRIZZLIES 104, CLIPPERS 83

In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-83 Saturday to even their first-round series at 2-all.

Zach Randolph finished with 24 points and nine rebounds as the Grizzlies won their second straight to ensure another stop in Memphis for Game 6. Mike Conley had 15 points and 13 assists, and Tayshaun Prince scored 15.

Chris Paul scored 19 points for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Game 5 is Tuesday in Los Angeles.

THUNDER: All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook is out for the remainder of the NBA playoffs after undergoing knee surgery on Saturday.

The team said in a statement Saturday that the 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 off-season.


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