Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Game 5 Score, Highlights and Analysis

Garrett Jochnau@@GarrettJochnauCorrespondent IIApril 29, 2013

The playoffs' most exciting first-round series will live on to see another day.

After Nate Robinson led an improbable comeback in the Chicago Bulls' triple-overtime Game 4 victory, the Brooklyn Nets entered Monday night's contest at risk of elimination.

On the shoulders of Brook Lopez's 28 points and 10 rebounds, the Nets defeated the Bulls, 110-91, narrowing the series gap to 3-2.

The Nets were rolling early at the Barclays Center, as Brook Lopez dominated on all cylinders, while Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans' combined 18 rebounds allowed Brooklyn to gain the advantage on the rebounding end.

Deron Williams took advantage of Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich's injury, contributing 23 points and 10 assists in the team's win.

The victory wasn't a four-quarter blowout, however, and Nate Robinson, fresh off a 34-point performance, helped Chicago remain close all night. He finished with 20 points in his first ever playoff start.

Brooklyn peaked toward the end of the first half, and a hot start to the third quarter allowed Nets fans to breathe a sigh of relief.

However, the Nets' fourth-quarter struggles seemed to continue and Luol Deng brought Chicago within one with eight minutes to go.

The Nets were able to maintain their lead, though, as a three-pointer followed by a fast-break dunk from Gerald Wallance helped ensure the victory. Brooklyn will need to win Game 6 on the road to extend the season another game.


Twitter Reaction

Things started off slow for the Bulls and well for the Nets.

But who could forget how that ended in previous contests?

Strong play from Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries allowed the Nets to maintain a lead.

But after his incredible Game 4 showing, everyone could expect who would help Chicago fight back.

Still, an incredible half on the boards helped Brooklyn build up its lead.

After the break, the Nets came speeding out of the gate...

But as good as the Nets were, the Bulls seemed to stay close behind.

Though the Nets survived the third without losing their lead.

But the Bulls cut the lead down in the opening minutes of the fourth.

Joe Johnson's clutch play allowed Brooklyn to retain its lead.

Even so, people never doubted the possibility for a comeback...

Until Gerald Wallace came through in the closing minutes.

And the Nets marched on to a Game 5 victory.

The series will be extended to Game 6 in Chicago Thursday night. The Bulls will once again eye a series victory, while Brooklyn will look to tie things up and push it back to the Barclays Center for Game 7.