CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago Bulls stunned the Boston Celtics 128-127 in a triple overtime thriller on Thursday, sending the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series to a deciding seventh game.
A steal, slam-dunk and free throw by second-year center Joakim Noah with 35 seconds to play put the Bulls up for good against the defending NBA champions after 21 lead changes.
“I felt like it took forever to get to that basket,” said Noah, son of former French Open tennis champion Yannick. “Words can’t really describe it. We’re still alive.
“We were very close to death. Each game has been a roller coaster.”
The often ill-tempered series, which has already had an NBA record four overtime finishes, goes down to the wire in Boston on Saturday. The winners face the Orlando Magic.
With its season on the line Chicago blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter and needed two clutch plays from backup center Brad Miller — a three-pointer and a driving lay-up — to pull level with 30 seconds left in regulation.
“Brad Miller was the savior for them. Those were the two biggest plays, I thought. It gave them hope again,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
source: washington post