Nate Robinson went absolutely berserk in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets. Nate single-handedly led the Chicago Bulls with his late-game heroics, forcing overtime in a game that was practically already lost. He then went on to hit a spectacular go-ahead one-handed off-balance mid-range shot in traffic in overtime.
Robinson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, one point shy of Michael Jordan’s playoff career-best 24-point quarter back in 1990. Seemingly every shot that he took, be it a tough 3-point shot or a drive to the basket, found its way into the basket. He also found his teammates down the stretch and created some baskets with his passing.
Nate cooled down in overtime, but still made a big basket to tie the game late in extra time and then gave the Bulls the lead with a circus shot with just seconds to go. However, Joe Johnson would go on to tie the game with a nice floater, forcing double overtime.
In double OT, Robinson looked tired. He missed several shots in a row, but made a decisive pass inside the paint which led to a Joakim Noah layup, putting the Bulls up by 4 points. Unfortunately, he fouled out with around a minute to go in the second overtime.
Nate Robinson: finishes with 34 points, most by a reserve in a playoff game since Juan Dixon had 35 against Bulls for 2005 Wizards
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This was definitely one of the great playoff performances of all time, as Robinson’s willpower fueled Chicago to make an unlikely comeback.
Robinson finished the game with 34 points on 14-23 shooting and 4 assists.