Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Bulls ride erratic hand in triple OT

CHICAGO — The Bulls were down and just about out in this one. Go figure, Nate Robinson led them back.

Robinson had 34 points, and Chicago wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation to beat the Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Bulls trailed 109-95 in the fourth quarter when Robinson went on a tear, carrying his team to an improbable victory with a stretch that reminded the streaky point guard of a video game.

"I always think I'm on fire, kind of like the old-school game NBA Jam," he said. "You make a couple in a row, the rim's on fire. You shoot the ball, the ball's on fire. I feel like that at times — all the time."

There's the rub with Robinson.

He'll rush shots. He'll miss. He'll make his coach cringe and every Bulls fan groan, but then, he'll do something like this.

Robinson had all but five of his points after the third quarter, including the first 12 in a 14-0 run that wiped out Brooklyn's late lead. Then, with two seconds left in the first overtime, he banked in a go-ahead jumper.

Joe Johnson answered with a basket to force a second overtime, tied at 121. The Bulls finally pulled away in the third OT after Williams (32 points) drove for a layup to pull Brooklyn to 133-130 with three minutes left.

Thunder up 3-0

HOUSTON — The Thunder kept winning without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, but not without a good scare.

Oklahoma City led 39-19 after one quarter but the Rockets roared back to take the lead in the fourth before the Thunder, behind KevinDurant's 41 points, prevailed 104-101 to take a 3-0 series lead. The Rockets led 99-97 before Durant's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left.

The Thunder said Westbrook is out for the rest of the playoffs after right knee surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear. Also, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin started after missing the second half of Wednesday's Game 2 with a bruised chest muscle.

Grizzlies tie series

MEMPHIS — When Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph click together, the Grizzlies are very tough to beat. They had 24 points apiece and led a strong rebounding effort for Memphis in a 104-83 victory over the Clippers that evened their first-round playoff series at 2. Gasol also had 13 rebounds and Randolph nine as Memphis won its second straight to ensure a return to Tennessee for Game 6. "Now we got to go out there (to Los Angeles) and try to get a win," coach Lionel Hollins said.

Hawks climb back

ATLANTA — Former Florida center Al Horford had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks past the Pacers for the first time in their first-round series with a 90-69 victory. The Hawks led 54-30 at halftime, a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the first half of a playoff game. That matched Indiana's worst effort in a postseason opening half.

Waiting on Wade: Heat star guard Dwyane Wade is getting treatment "around the clock" for his right knee, and coach Erik Spoelstra said they'll wait until today to decide whether he'll play in Game 4 at Milwaukee.

Knick suspended: The league suspended Knicks guard J.R. Smith for today's Game 4 for elbowing the Celtics' Jason Terry in the chin. Smith, the league's Sixth Man of the Year, will sit out in Boston as New York tries to complete a four-game sweep.

Late Friday

Spurs on course to sweep Lakers: The Lakers' patchwork team was no match for Spurs in a 120-89 defeat, the worst home loss in Los Angeles' postseason history. Tim Duncan had 26 points and nine rebounds and Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists for San Antonio, which took a 3-0 lead and can close the series today. D-League MVP Andrew Goudelock scored a career-high 20 in his first playoff start for L.A.

Warriors hold: On a sprained left ankle, Stephen Curry has the Warriors on firm footing. Curry scored 29, and host Golden State outlasted the Nuggets 110-108 to take a 2-1 lead. Curry also had 11 assists and Jarrett Jack added 23 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who rallied from 13 down in the third quarter.

Bulls 142, Nets 134, 3 OT

BROOKLYN (134): Wallace 5-9 5-9 17, Evans 5-7 5-12 15, Lopez 9-20 7-9 26, Williams 11-25 5-7 32, Johnson 10-20 1-2 22, Blatche 5-7 3-3 13, Watson 3-8 3-3 9, Humphries 0-0 0-0 0, Stackhouse 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 48-97 29-45 134.

CHICAGO (142): Deng 7-19 1-1 15, Boozer 10-16 1-2 21, Noah 7-18 1-4 15, Hinrich 7-12 2-3 18, Butler 6-8 3-5 16, Mohammed 4-7 1-3 9, Robinson 14-23 3-3 34, Belinelli 0-1 4-4 4, Gibson 3-5 4-4 10. Totals 58-109 20-29 142.

Brooklyn 26 29 29 27 10 6 7— 134

Chicago 25 33 18 35 10 6 15— 142

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 9-24 (Williams 5-11, Wallace 2-4, Lopez 1-1, Johnson 1-6, Watson 0-2), Chicago 6-19 (Robinson 3-7, Hinrich 2-4, Butler 1-2, Belinelli 0-1, Deng 0-5). Fouled OutEvans, Wallace, Robinson, Gibson, Noah. ReboundsBrooklyn 60 (Evans 13), Chicago 65 (Noah 13). AssistsBrooklyn 23 (Williams 10), Chicago 34 (Hinrich 14). FoulsBrooklyn 27, Chicago 35. TechnicalsEvans, Wallace, Watson, Boozer, Robinson, Chicago defensive three second, Chicago Bench. A21,758 (20,917).

Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83

L.A. CLIPPERS (83): Butler 0-4 0-0 0, Griffin 7-13 5-5 19, Jordan 1-3 0-0 2, Paul 7-13 4-5 19, Billups 0-6 0-0 0, Crawford 4-11 2-2 12, Hollins 2-4 1-1 5, Barnes 3-8 0-0 6, Odom 2-4 0-0 5, Bledsoe 3-8 3-4 9, Turiaf 2-3 0-0 4, Green 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-78 15-17 83.

MEMPHIS (104): Prince 7-12 0-0 15, Randolph 11-17 2-4 24, Gasol 9-14 6-7 24, Conley 5-13 3-4 15, Allen 3-8 4-5 10, Bayless 0-4 0-0 0, Pondexter 3-7 3-5 10, Arthur 1-1 2-2 4, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Wroten 0-1 2-2 2, Leuer 0-0 0-0 0, Daye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-77 22-29 104.

L.A. Clippers 25 22 20 16— 83

Memphis 33 13 25 33— 104

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 4-21 (Crawford 2-6, Paul 1-3, Odom 1-3, Barnes 0-1, Butler 0-2, Billups 0-3, Bledsoe 0-3), Memphis 4-12 (Conley 2-3, Pondexter 1-3, Prince 1-3, Bayless 0-3). ReboundsL.A. Clippers 34 (Griffin 10), Memphis 59 (Gasol 13). AssistsL.A. Clippers 17 (Paul 6), Memphis 25 (Conley 13). FoulsL.A. Clippers 27, Memphis 20. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second. A18,119 (18,119).

Hawks 90, Pacers 69

INDIANA (69): George 4-11 7-8 16, West 7-14 4-4 18, Hibbert 3-8 2-4 8, Hill 1-8 1-2 3, Stephenson 1-7 1-2 4, Green 4-12 0-0 10, T.Hansbrough 1-3 4-4 6, Pendergraph 0-5 0-0 0, Augustin 0-5 1-1 1, Young 0-1 0-0 0, O.Johnson 0-4 1-3 1, Mahinmi 1-2 0-0 2, B.Hansbrough 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-81 21-28 69.

ATLANTA (90): Smith 6-13 2-5 14, Horford 12-20 2-4 26, Petro 3-4 0-0 6, Teague 4-15 5-7 13, Harris 2-11 4-5 8, I.Johnson 3-7 1-2 7, Korver 2-5 0-1 6, Tolliver 2-4 1-2 7, Mack 0-1 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 35-82 16-28 90.

Indiana 14 16 19 20— 69

Atlanta 27 27 21 15— 90

3-Point GoalsIndiana 4-25 (Green 2-8, George 1-2, Stephenson 1-5, Pendergraph 0-1, B.Hansbrough 0-1, O.Johnson 0-1, Hill 0-3, Augustin 0-4), Atlanta 4-15 (Korver 2-3, Tolliver 2-3, Mack 0-1, Teague 0-2, Smith 0-3, Harris 0-3). ReboundsIndiana 67 (T.Hansbrough, George, Hibbert 9), Atlanta 58 (Horford 16). AssistsIndiana 10 (Hill 3), Atlanta 17 (Smith 6). FoulsIndiana 27, Atlanta 27. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second, Teague. Flagrant Fouls—West. A18,238 (18,729).

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