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The Celtics built on the NBA’s best record with an impressive 92-81 win (NBA.com Box Score) on the road in Chicago. The red-hot Celts won for the 6th straight time and have posted an impressive 17-2 record to start the season. Ray Allen led all scorers with 21 points, while point guard Rajon Rondo finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had a huge game off the bench for the Celtics. He has come up pretty big recently, emerging as the top forward off the bench for the Celtics. All the critics said the Celts have no bench, but Big Baby along with James Posey and Eddie House have provided the C’s with quality minutes from the subs. Davis finished with a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with 8 points.
The Bulls dropped to 6-12, and that has to be surprising. They were a preseason top-5 team in the Eastern Conference. Now, they’re struggling to get a chance to make the playoffs. To be honest, they should’ve pulled the trigger on a trade for Kobe Bryant. Kobe would have given them that dominant scorer they’ve been looking for.
With a win against the Bulls, I can’t help but think of the possibility of going 73-9. The 1995-96 Bulls went an unbelievable 72-10 (62 games above .500!). Early this season, ESPN.com started a feature on their site (as previously mentioned in an earlier post) comparing the ’95-’96 Bulls to the current Celtics team. So far, Pierce, Garnett, and Allen’s Celtics have matched Michael Jordan’s Bulls with equivalent 17-2 records. I mean…is it really possible?
Also worth a note: the Celtics are just 7 wins away from matching their win total from last season (24). I’m willing to bet they’ll get to 24 wins by January.