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NBA PLAYOFFS: Bulls rally past Nets

by The Associated Press on April 28, 2013 3:00 AM

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 and 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 that deficit. Then, with 2 seconds left in the first overtime, he banked in what looked as if it would the winning jumper over Deron Williams.

Instead, Joe Johnson answered with one of his own to tie it at 121 and send it into a second overtime. The Bulls had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Joakim Noah got blocked, and the game went to a third overtime tied at 127.

The Bulls then finally took control for good after Williams (32 points) drove for a layup to pull Brooklyn to 133-130 — the only points for him after regulation — with 3 minutes left in the game.

Luol Deng answered with a basket to make it a five-point game, and Nazr Mohammed came up with two baskets in the final 32 seconds to help preserve the win.

He scored on a jump hook, then grabbed the rebound and scored with 19 seconds left after Carlos Boozer made a free throw and missed the second, making it 140-134.

Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83: 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 night in Los Angeles.

The team that controls the boards has won each game of the series to date, with Memphis owning a 45-28 advantage in Game 4.

Hawks 90, Pacers 69: Al Horford had 26 points and 16 rebounds as Atlanta turned things around dramatically in its playoff series against Indiana, blowing out the Pacers in Game 3.

Playing with much more urgency than they did in two double-digit losses at Indianapolis, the Hawks raced to a 54-30 halftime lead and narrowed the best-of-seven series to 2-1. Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta, where the Hawks have won 12 straight over the Pacers dating to 2006.

The Hawks changed up their lineup — inserting 7-footer Johan Petro at center and bringing 3-point specialist Kyle Korver off the bench — after getting manhandled on the road.

With more favorable matchups and a lot more energy, Atlanta suddenly made a series of it.

Thunder 104, Rockets 101: Kevin Durant scored 41 points in his first game without injured All-Star Russell Westbrook, and Oklahoma City fought off Houston’s late rally for a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.

Durant scored 27 points in the first half, and the Thunder led by 26 points before a big third-quarter rally by the Rockets put them within striking distance.

Houston regained the lead with about 4 minutes left, and was up with less than a minute remaining. But Durant hit a 3-pointer seconds later to put Oklahoma City on top 100-99.

James Harden scored 30 points to lead the Rockets in the first playoff game in Houston since 2009.

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