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Nate Robinson came off the Chicago bench to score 34 points and the Bulls rallied to stun the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime on Saturday to seize command of their NBA playoff series.
The thriller matched the second-longest game in NBA playoff history, falling just short of Boston's four-overtime triumph against Syracuse in 1953, and resulted in record playoff point totals for both clubs.
Chicago took a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup and will try to finish off the Nets and advance to the second round with a triumph in game five at Brooklyn on Monday.
The Nets led 109-95 late in the fourth quarter before Robinson scored 12 points in a 14-0 run that equalized.
Robinson's 23 points in the fourth quarter was one shy of Michael Jordan's team playoff record for scoring in a quarter. Robinson connected on 14-of-23 shots from the field but fouled out in the second extra session.
Carlos Boozer added 21 points for Chicago, which had 15 points and 13 rebounds from Joakim Noah despite a foot injury.
Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 32 points while Brook Lopez added 26 and Joe Johnson scored 22 for the Nets.
Noah sank a jumper early in the third over-time to give Chicago a 129-127 lead but then fouled out.
After a Reggie Evans free throw for the Nets, Jimmy Butler made a layup for Chicago and Taj Gibson, who replaced Noah, added a baseline jumper to give the Bulls a 133-128 lead.
Williams scored for the Nets, but Britain's Luol Deng answered with a long jumper for a 135-130 edge.
Lopez responded with two free throws for the Nets but Nazr Mohammed followed with an inside jumper to give Chicago a 137-132 lead.
After a Lopez layup, Boozer sank one of two free throws and Mohammed grabbed the rebound on the miss and scored to give Chicago a 140-134 advantage.
After Mohammed grabbed the rebound on a Johnson 3-point miss, the Bulls had finally secured an astonishing comeback victory that had seemed impossible in the final minutes of regulation time.
Lopez hit the first 3-pointer of his NBA career to give the Nets an 84-76 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn had a 109-95 lead with just under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Robinson scored the next 12 points and assisted on the layup by Boozer that lifted Chicago level with 55 seconds remaining.
Lopez sank two free throws to put the Nets on top 111-109 but Noah scored off a rebound to send the game into over-time.
In the first overtime, Robinson sank a one-handed jumper over Williams with two seconds remaining to put the Bulls on top only to have Johnson equalize at 121-121 on a jumper at the buzzer.
In the second over-time, Robinson gave the Bulls a 125-123 edge midway into the period and Noah followed with a slam dunk off a pass from Deng to put Chicago ahead 127-123.
Johnson answered with a 3-point play for the Nets and Robinson was called for an offensive foul on Chicago's next posession, forcing him out of the game.
Lopez followed with a free throw to equalize, setting up the third overtime.
In the day's other Eastern Conference clash, the Atlanta Hawks hosted the Indiana Pacers, who took a 2-0 series lead into the contest.