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NBA roundup: Bulls beat Nets in triple overtime

Nate Robinson scored 34 points, and the Bulls wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation before beating the Brooklyn Nets, 142-134, in triple overtime Saturday afternoon in Chicago to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

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

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He scored all but 5 of his points after the third quarter, including the first 12 in a 14-0 run that wiped out the deficit. Then, with two seconds left in the first overtime, he banked in a go-ahead jumper over Deron Williams.

Joe Johnson answered with a jumper 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 after Williams (32 points) drove for a layup to pull Brooklyn to within 133-130 — the only points for him after regulation — with three minutes left.

Luol Deng answered with a basket to make it a 5-point game, and Nazr Mohammed came up with two baskets in the final 32 seconds to help preserve the win.

Mohammed 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.

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 homecourt advantage.

After Robinson scored 12 straight at the end of regulation, Boozer capped that tying run with a layup with 55 seconds left.

Brook Lopez hit two free throws for Brooklyn, but the Bulls tied it again when Noah put back his own miss with 23 seconds left. Williams then missed a jumper and Gerald Wallace had his layup blocked by Jimmy Butler with a second left, sending the game into overtime.

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

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

Houston regained the lead with about four minutes left, and was ahead with less than a minute to go. 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.

Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83 — Marc Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds as host Memphis beat Los Angeles to even the first-round series through four games.

Zach Randolph had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Grizzlies won their second straight to ensure another stop in Memphis for Game 6.

Hawks 90, Pacers 69 — Al Horford had 26 points and 16 rebounds as host Atlanta turned things around dramatically, blowing out Indiana 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 in Atlanta.

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