NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Boston
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: Boston 107, Chicago 82
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds as Boston rebounded from its first home loss to throttle Chicago, 107-82.
Ray Allen added 18 points for the Celtics, who have won 10 of 11 games and are now a gaudy 13-1 at TD Banknorth Garden. Kevin Garnett chipped in with 12 points, seven boards and five assists, while Kendrick Perkins and Tony Allen also had 12 points each.
"The loss left a bad taste in our mouth," said Pierce. "It didn't matter who our opponent was going to be this Friday, we were going to come out and really take it to them, really be aggressive, and really play the way we did today. I expected us to come out like we did."
Ben Gordon had 19 points for the Bulls, who have lost two of their past three contests. Rookie Aaron Gray had 14 points and six rebounds, while Chris Duhon finished with 10 points.
"It was just a combination of a bunch of things that we didn't do well," Gordon said. "We didn't shoot the ball well, didn't rebound the ball well, turned it over too many times. We just had an overall bad game."
The Celtics built up a 26-19 lead after the first quarter and quickly took control of the contest by reeling off a 14-3 run to start the second frame. James Posey drained a three before Allen capped the burst with a layup to give Boston a comfortable 40-22 advantage with 7:40 remaining until intermission.
The Bulls regrouped a bit from there but still entered the locker room looking up at a 15-point deficit, 56-41.
The Celtics continued to pull away in the third quarter. A Pierce three, with 3:27 left in the stanza, put Boston on top by 23, 79-56.
The Celtics entered the final frame leading by 20 points, 87-67, and Chicago never seriously threatened in extended garbage time. In fact, Boston continued to humiliate the hapless Bulls. Allen deposited a three with under two minutes to go that gave the Celtics their largest lead, 107-78.
"Across the board, we didn't have the energy or execution or ball handling or all the things you need to compete, stay in the game, let alone win against a team like that," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "We didn't do any of them well enough."
Bulls center Ben Wallace missed the game with a sore left foot...The Celtics also notched a 92-81 win over the Bulls on December 8 at the United Center, snapping an eight-game skid in the series...The Celtics close out a three-game homestand on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.
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