Bulls In Firm Control of Series After Winning 3OT Thriller

“…He’s on fire!” – NBA Jam

Game 4 between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls would prove to be an instant classic. Yes, they’ll talk about this game for years to come. For long time watchers of the NBA, this game can be likened to Reggie Miller’s flurry of clutch threes against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. An epic 8 points in just 9 seconds.

After a missed dunk by C.J. Watson (and subsequent missed FTs by Reggie Evans) that could have ballooned the Nets lead to 16 pts, something crazy happened. Something improbable. Something special. Nate Robinson happened. In one of the greatest shooting performances (with under 4 minutes left in regulation) in an NBA game that we will EVER see, Nate lit the Nets up for 12 consecutive pts. He then assisted Boozer for another reverse layup that tied the game. Tied it. Are you serious? How exciting this post season has become for Chicago Bulls fans and fans of the NBA in general.

An SI article was published before the playoffs even got underway that listed/ranked playoff matchups/series in order based on watchability, and wouldn’t you know it, the Nets/Bulls series ranked dead last?. Granted, game three’s 79-76 contest was pretty horrid offensively, but I’ve come to appreciate hard-nosed defense and half court execution. I actually think its more suited to hotly contested playoff series, particularly in the later rounds.

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How it went down:

  • Bulls were pretty much in control of this game, until they allowed the Nets back in right before halftime with an 8-0 run.
  • Nets took control in the 3rd quarter, snatching the lead, outscoring the Bulls 29-18
  • The Nets unraveled at the 3:45 mark (leading 109-95) after former Bull CJ Watson missed a wide open dunk attempt (since when does he dunk anyway?), and subsequent missed FT’s by Reggie Evans
  • Nate then went a little crazy and hit a three, a runner, a little pop shot at the top of the key, got fouled on a three attempt and hit all three FTs, it was ah-mazing.
  • After that, he switched it up and got a no look to Boozer who hit a reverse layup. Brooklyn was STUNNED.

Then came OT. And then another, and another. This game was almost 4 hours… Even though I was nervous, I knew we’d pull it out. We left ’em on the mat and I was exhausted when it was done. The game was so epic I wanted to make sure I blogged about it. I’ll try to make it back next week to discuss what I HOPE is our closeout game on Monday.

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