While Michael Jordan was busy getting married Saturday, Nate Robinson was one point shy of tying him for most points scored by a Chicago Bulls player in the fourth quarter of a game, finishing with 23 in the period of what became a triple-overtime thriller between the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.
The Nets were seemingly in control, up 14 with just over three minutes remaining. After blowing a fast break dunk that would have extended the lead to 16, Brooklyn collapsed. Backup point guard Nate Robinson led the Bulls on a 16-2 run to close the quarter at 111 point tie, forcing the first of three overtime periods.
Robinson would eventually foul out in second overtime, but at that point he had already made his mark on the game, having scored 29 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter and first two overtimes.
After the game, teammate Taj Gibson sent out a picture that perfectly told the story of Robinson’s night.
This picture is most fitting, considering Robinson’s post game comments. When interviewed after the game, he likened his play to the old 90’s game, NBA Jam.
“I always think I’m on fire. Like the old school game, ‘NBA Jam,’ you make a couple and the rim’s on fire and when you shoot the ball, the ball’s on fire. I feel like that at times. Well, all the time. When I’m in the game, I play with a lot of confidence and you kind of got to lie to yourself that you can’t miss.”
The win gives the Bulls a 3-1 lead in the series.
The Nets aren’t taking the loss lightly. Brooklyn guard Marshon Brooks essentially acknowledged that they’re backs are up against the proverbial wall.
Needing three straight wins, Brooklyn will have to find a way to neutralize Robinson’s effectiveness and keep him from “heating up” in Game 5 if they hope to continue on in this series.
As for right now, “He’s on fire!”
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