Tiny, 5-foot-7—don’t believe the listed height—Nate Robinson was crushed by a freight train and lived to tell about it.

In the second quarter of the Bulls’ Game 1 Eastern Conference semifinals win over the Heat, the diminutive scoring point guard and league MVP LeBron James both went diving for a loose ball and while Robinson beat the Miami superstar to the ball, he was crushed and suffered an upper lip laceration.

Robinson didn’t return to the game until after halftime, but when he did, he was spectacular, scoring 24 of his game-high 27 points after the intermission, including a stretch to close the game in which he was unstoppable.

“He's got the heart of a lion,” teammate Joakim Noah said. “Being that small, and doing the things that he does, he gives us a lot of confidence. “He's a hell of a scorer. He can really put the ball in the hole.”

But seeing him with a split lip after the game—he received 10 stitches, five on the inside and five on the outside—Robinson’s injury was almost more of a story than his performance.

“It was just a hustle play that went wrong, but you’ve got to play through it. Got 10 stitches, but you’ve just got to continue to fight,” Robinson said. “You’ve got to muster up enough energy and enough fight to go in there and continue to play as hard as you can and produce for your teammates. They expect you to get stitched up and come back out there continue to battle, and that’s what I did.”