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                === Celtics hope to bounce back, host Bulls ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  The  Boston  Celtics had  their  six-game winning  streak
 snapped on Wednesday night, but they will try to get back on track Friday when
 they host the Chicago Bulls.
 
 The  Celtics fell,  at home, to the  New Orleans Hornets, 90-78. It marked the
 first  time that C's  coach Doc Rivers took on his son Austin, a guard for the
 Hornets,  and  although the son didn't  do too much, New Orleans dominated the
 fourth quarter en route to victory.
 
 The  Hornets  held Boston  to 15 points  in the final  frame and dominated the
 Celtics  on the glass to the tune of 48-33. New Orleans only shot 11.8 percent
 from  the  3-point line, committed  18 turnovers and  shot 44 percent from the
 field.  The  Celtics fared better  in all three  of those categories, but were
 overall out-played.
 
 "We  didn't play  well," said Doc Rivers.  "We let our guard down, starting in
 practice yesterday. I didn't do anything about it. Kicking myself about it."
 
 Kevin Garnett, a recently announced Eastern Conference starter in the All-Star
 game,  led the way  with 15 points. Paul Pierce posted a double-double with 12
 points  and 10 rebounds, but fouled out of the game. Jason Terry chipped in 12
 off the bench.
 
 Rajon  Rondo was also  named a starter in the All-Star game for the first time
 in his career.
 
 The  Bulls  head to Beantown  winners of two straight  and three of their last
 four.  Chicago defeated the Toronto Raptors, 107-105, in overtime on Wednesday
 night.
 
 Luol  Deng hit a pull-up jumper with just over three seconds left on the clock
 in  overtime. He  finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, but
 the big story was the continued strong play of Carlos Boozer.
 
 The  big  man from  Duke netted  36 points on  16-for-24 shooting. Boozer also
 grabbed 12 rebounds.
 
 "We  had a  tough end to 2012 and we  all want to play much better in 2013 and
 get  more wins,"  said  Boozer,  who registered  his  conference leading  22nd
 double-double. "And so far we are doing pretty well in January."
 
 The  Bulls are  6-2 since  the calendar  turned and  they boast  some All-Star
 candidates  in  Boozer, Deng  and  center  Joakim  Noah.  The Florida  big  is
 averaging a career-high 12.4 ppg and 10.7 rpg all while playing the fifth-most
 minutes  in  the league.  With  a  relative lack  of  centers  in the  Eastern
 Conference,  Noah may represent  the best chance for a Bulls player to make it
 to Houston on Feb. 17. Reserves will be announced on Jan. 24.
 
 Chicago and Boston have split the first two games this season, which were both
 in  Chicago. The Bulls, who own the best road record in the East at 11-5, have
 lost eight of their last 10 in Boston.
 
 
 01/18 10:35:09 ET

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