NBA Game Summary - Boston at Chicago
(Tuesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Chicago 127, Boston 121
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - John Salmons tied a career high with 38 points, as the Bulls snapped a six-game losing streak against the Celtics with a 127-121 victory over Boston at the United Center.
Brad Miller chipped in with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two in a row. Tyrus Thomas added 18 points and Ben Gordon 17 in the win.
"At this point every game is really important," said Miller. "With the way we've been playing on the road, we can't afford to drop any more home games."
Derrick Rose ended with 11 points and eight assists for Chicago, which won its seventh straight at home.
Paul Pierce totaled 37 points and Rajon Rondo 26 with 10 helpers for the Celtics, who dropped their second straight, fourth in five tries and failed to lock up the Atlantic Division title. Ray Allen had 17 points and Kendrick Perkins 14 to go with 10 boards.
Leon Powe recorded just two points and three boards in 4:22 before leaving the game early with a bruised right knee.
Trailing by three early in the fourth, Tim Thomas had a layup and Rose offered a pair of layups to give the home team a 100-97 lead with 7:39 left.
The lead seesawed before two free throws from Miller, Salmons' dunk and Rose's layup opened a 117-113 Bulls lead with just under two minutes remaining.
A pair of Pierce free throws with 50.8 ticks left cut it to 122-119.
"We played hard but we shouldn't have put ourselves in that situation, getting off to a slow start," said Rondo.
Rose missed a short jumper on Chicago's next touch, but Miller grabbed the rebound and hit Salmons with a pass, who poured in a layup to make it a five- point affair with 29.8 seconds showing.
Boston coach Doc Rivers was then called for a technical and Gordon hit the free throw, which sealed the Celtics' fate.
The Bulls were up 34-26 after the first quarter but the Celts grabbed a 55-54 edge at the break.
Two free throws from Pierce and a Perkins layup opened a 65-58 Boston lead with just under nine minutes left in the third.
Moments later, Pierce's three-pointer and two Perkins free throws gave the Celts a 75-62 advantage.
Tyrus Thomas responded with a reverse layup to spark an 18-5 Chicago run that tied the game at 80 with 2:12 left to play in the third.
Boston was ahead 90-89 heading into the fourth frame.
Boston won the first two meetings with Chicago this season. The Celtics had also won two straight in the Windy City, but the Bulls moved to 7-3 in the past 10 as the host in this series...Boston fell to 6-6 over the past 12 games without forward Kevin Garnett (knee)...Boston fell to 23-12 away from Beantown this season. The Celtics are 4 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the top seed in the Eastern Conference...Celtics forward Glen Davis missed Tuesday's game with an ankle problem...The Bulls are still alive in the playoff chase and moved one-half game ahead of the Bucks for the eighth and final postseason berth in the East...Chicago moved to 21-11 at home this season.
03/18 01:30:51 ET