NBA Wrap: Bulls topple Nets in triple overtime

NBA Wrap: Bulls topple Nets in triple overtime
April 27, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Saturday, the Sixers announced they have purchased the rights to a D-League affiliate team and will move the franchise to Delaware, where it will begin play this November (see story).

As our offseason player evaluations continue, John Finger takes a look at guard Charles Jenkins (see story).

Here's a recap of what went down in the NBA as the first round of the playoffs continued Saturday:

Bulls win in 3 OTs
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 and 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.

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 two 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 three minutes left in the game. (See full recap.)


Grizzlies beat Clippers to tie series 2-2

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph click together, the Memphis Grizzlies are very, very tough to beat.

Gasol and Randolph had 24 points apiece and led a strong rebounding effort by the Grizzlies in a 104-83 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday that evened their first-round playoff series at 2-all.

"Their synergy is pretty amazing you know what I mean," Clippers guard Chris Paul said. "Z Bo on the inside and big fella Marc, that's another guard the way he passes the ball and shoots the ball. You just got to run them. You got to run them. You got to try to get them tired. You can't just leave them in a rocking chair."

Gasol also contributed 13 rebounds and Randolph had nine boards as Memphis won its second straight to ensure another stop in Tennessee for Game 6. Mike Conley had 15 points and 13 assists, and Tayshaun Prince scored 15 in his best game of the series. (See full recap.)

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