NBA Game Summary - Boston at Chicago
(Monday, December 4th)
Final Score: Chicago 100, Boston 82
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Andres Nocioni had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Boston Celtics 100-82 at the United Center.
Luol Deng added 14 points and six boards and Kirk Hinrich had 11 pints for Chicago, which has won five straight. Ben Gordon and Thabo Sefolosha each added 10 points for the Bulls, who led for most of the contest and cruised to the finish.
Tony Allen had 20 points and Ryan Gomes added 19 for Boston, which has lost three straight overall and six in a row to Chicago. The Celtics have not beaten the Bulls since January 29, 2005.
Ahead 17-14 late in the first quarter, the Bulls went on a 13-0 run covering the first and second quarters to begin to pull away. Nocioni and Hinrich combined for 11 points during the surge, with Nocioni capping it with a bucket for a 30-14 edge early in the second.
"There's not a lot to say," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. Yes, we dug a hole early in the first quarter. WE played awful. The Bulls played tough and executed well. They defended us, they bumped us off spots and were just more physical. They played like they wanted the game much more than us."
Nocioni later drained a three-pointer for a 37-18 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the stanza and it was never a game after that. Chicago went into halftime with a 53-35 cushion and cruised through the third, leading 78-53 going into the fourth.
Paul Pierce was held to just eight points for Boston, which is just 2-5 on the road this season.
"I think that is as well as Deng has played (Pierce) since he has been in the league," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "He did a nice job of limiting his touches."
Boston has lost five of its last six games overall...Chicago improved to 5-1 at home...The Bulls are still one-game below .500 for the season at 8-9...Boston fell to 5-11...The Celtics hit just 1-of-8 three- pointers...Chicago shot 46.8 percent from the floor compared to 40.3 percent for the Celtics.
12/05 00:03:53 ET