NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Boston
(Friday, October 30th)
Final Score: Boston 118, Chicago 90
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Eddie House and Paul Pierce each scored 22 points, pacing the Celtics to a 118-90 thrashing of the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last year's scintillating first-round playoff series.
Ray Allen scored 20, while Shelden Williams came off the bench for 10 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which won the impressive series in seven games before losing to Orlando in the next round. With the exception of Boston's 21- point victory in Game 3 and the Celtics' 10-point victory in Game 7, every other contest had been decided by three points or less with four of them going to overtime.
The teams played a total of seven extra sessions during the series, but Friday proved to be a lopsided affair with Boston hitting its field goals at an impressive 58.1 percent clip compared to 41.5 for Chicago.
Kevin Garnett tallied 16 points for the Celtics, who limited the Bobcats to a franchise-low in points Wednesday in a 92-59 triumph in Boston. Rajon Rondo contributed 16 assists and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who have won their first three games of the season by an average of 22.3 points.
"I don't worry about that," Boston coach Doc Rivers said of the blowout. "You know, the balance is going to happen. It's like I said, we've worked so hard on our defense and the offensive balance will happen. Right now we're so focused on offensively just moving the ball, making the extra pass, keeping the game simple."
Joakim Noah had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who were coming off a 92-85 home win over the San Antonio Spurs. Derrick Rose was limited to 10 points, while Jannero Pargo scored 13 in defeat.
"It took a long tome for us to get in a groove," said Rose. "I'm still trying to find my groove out there. It's going to take playing time and we didn't get in a good groove tonight."
The Celtics were ahead by only a 21-17 count after the first quarter, but quickly upped the margin in the second. Williams' layup capped eight straight Boston points for a 29-19 cushion three minutes into the quarter.
House, who went 4-of-7 from three-point range, hit a long-distance shot for a 35-21 lead. Rondo's jumper with 1:27 left brought the halftime score to 50-35.
The third quarter was especially dominating for the Celtics, even though the Bulls hit 12-of-22 from the floor. That's because Boston made 15 of its 20 field goal attempts with Pierce scoring 20 points in the period.
"That's what we're stressing right now," said Pierce. "When you've got a team on its back when we're up 15 points at the half, you don't want to give them any confidence in that third quarter. So it's important to come out the way we did."
Garnett's jumper extended Boston's lead to 74-45 with 6:19 remaining in the third. Pierce drained a three-ball in the closing minute and the Celtics took an 88-61 cushion into the fourth.
The Celtics led by as many as 31, and that first came when House hit a three- ball with under two minutes left for a 116-85 difference.
The Celtics held a press conference prior to the game and announced they wouldn't suspend forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis despite him fracturing his right thumb during an altercation with a childhood friend the day before the season opener. The injury is expected to keep Davis out for at least five weeks...Over the last two-plus seasons, the Celtics are 7-1 during the regular season against the Bulls...Boston went 12-of-24 from beyond the arc, while Chicago was 2-of-15.
10/31 00:09:40 ET