NBA Game Summary - Boston at Chicago|
(Thursday, April 5th)
Final Score: Chicago 93, Boston 86
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luol Deng poured in a season-high 26 points and
the Chicago Bulls defeated the Celtics, 93-86, at United Center on Thursday.
Joakim Noah finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Carlos Boozer
recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards for Chicago, which
snapped its first two-game losing streak of the season.
Paul Pierce scored 22 points, Brandon Bass added 15 points and Kevin Garnett
tallied 12 points and 14 rebounds. Ray Allen came off the bench for the first
time since 2002-03 and scored 14 points, but the Celtics fell for the second
time in as many games.
"I think it was the worst loss of the year for us," said Boston head coach Doc
Rivers after the loss. "That was unacceptable. We're not going anywhere
playing like that. I'm just so pissed at the way we've played, the playoffs
are the furthest thing from my mind right now."
Boston's lead in the Atlantic Division is down to one game over the idle
Philadelphia 76ers, whom the Celtics host on Sunday after making a stop in
Indiana on Saturday.
Allen kept the Celtics within one after his trey made it 74-73, but a 7-2
swing found the Bulls up six after Kyle Korver buried a three with just over
seven minutes left in the game.
Garnett answered with a jumper to make it a four-point game, but Deng scored
six straight for Chicago around a Brandon Bass jumper to give the home team an
87-79 lead with 3:11 remaining.
Allen cut the deficit to six with a jumper, but Deng sank a jump shot and,
after Pierce missed a three, Boozer finished a dunk off a nice feed from Deng
to press the margin to 91-81 with 1:42 left.
The Celtics scored five straight to pull within 91-86 with under a minute
left, but the Bulls did just enough to hang on for the victory.
"We just played Chicago basketball," remarked Deng about the team's second
Boston led 22-18 after one and an 8-0 run late in the second gave the Celtics
a 13-point lead before Earl Watson hit two free throws to make it 49-38 at the
Boston pressed its lead to nine on a three-pointer from Avery Bradley, but the
Celtics went cold over the next five-plus minutes as the Bulls reeled off a
14-2 swing capped by back-to-back triples from Watson, helping the Bulls
take a 67-66 advantage into the final frame.
Chicago's Derrick Rose missed his 12th game because of a groin injury. The
Bulls are 8-4 during Rose's current stint on the bench...Chicago will travel
to New York on Sunday before hosting the Knicks on Tuesday...Boston's Rajon
Rondo now has 15 straight games with at least 10 assists as he finished with
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