NBA Game Summary - Boston at Chicago
(Saturday, December 8th)
Final Score: Boston 92, Chicago 81
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and added five assists to lead the Boston Celtics over the Chicago Bulls, 92-81, at the United Center.
Kevin Garnett added 16 points, nine boards, and seven blocked shots for Boston, which extended its winning streak to six games. Ray Allen led Boston with 21 points, and Glen Davis chipped in eight points and 12 boards off the bench.
The Celtics also beat Chicago for the first time since January 29, 2005, and snapped a four-game losing streak in Chicago.
Andres Nocioni led the Bulls with 18 points off the bench, and Ben Wallace collected 14 boards and eight points, but the Bulls had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Kirk Hinrich scored 16 and had six assists, and Luol Deng had 15 points and seven boards in the loss.
"It's tough. We had some good opportunities against a talented team but we missed some easy baskets when we had some easy shots," Chicago's Chris Duhon said. "It was one of those days."
The Celtics maintained a small lead in the first quarter, after the Bulls scored the game's first six points. Ben Gordon made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to trim Boston's lead to 21-18.
Chicago tightened the game up in the second quarter, when there were three ties and four lead changes. Hinrich tied the game with a three, 1:08 from halftime. But Rondo and Kendrick Perkins made back-to-back layups to send the Celtics into the break with a 47-43 lead.
Boston then started to pull away in the third period, taking a 58-50 lead when Rondo hit back-to-back jumpers midway through. Paul Pierce made a pair of free throws with 3:16 left to put the Celtics ahead 63-52, and went into the final period of play up 67-56 when Rondo connected on a running layup.
"When (Rondo's) aggressive like that we have better spacing," Allen said. "Normally they're worried about me and (Garnett) and (Pierce), but when he plays like that he gives us another angle to our offense."
Chicago trimmed Boston's lead to five, when Nocioni made his only three of the night 2:10 into the final quarter, making the score 69-64.
But the Celtics went on a 12-4 run shortly thereafter, in which Garnett hit back-to-back jumpers. Allen's layup polished it off with 5:23 left to put Boston up 86-70.
Chicago got within five with 57 seconds left, but it was a benign comeback, as Garnett answered with his final field goal of the game with 37 seconds remaining.
Boston shot 51.6 percent from the field, to Chicago's 36 percent...The Celtics had a 45-37 rebounding advantage...The Bulls only turned the ball over nine times...Garnett and Rondo combined to shoot 17-of-24 from the field.
12/09 00:31:16 ET