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It was about six months ago that Celtics and Bulls last suited up against each other in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. That was a series for the ages, with five of the seven games decided by three points or less. Those were two very evenly matched teams, and neither was willing to go down without a fight.
Fast-forward to October 30, 2009. Both teams’ rosters are essentially the same, except the Bulls lost leading scorer Ben Gordon to free agency, and the Celtics regained Kevin Garnett. Needless to say, the Bulls got the short end of that stick.
This time around, Chicago barely put up a fight, and Celtics continued their winning ways in a 118-90 rout of the Bulls.
Chicago, coming off a solid season-opening win over the Spurs, didn’t have what it took to put a damper on Boston’s high-powered offense. Paul Pierce and Eddie House paced the Celtics with game-highs of 22 points, while Ray Allen and KG chipped in with 20 and 16, respectively. Allen’s 20 points pushed him up to 19th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Boston shot nearly 60% from the floor and 50% from beyond the arc, while holding the Bulls to just 41.5% from the field and 13.3% from long distance.
Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists, boosting his season average to 12.3 assists per game.
The Bulls, led by Joakim Noah’s double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds), never quite got in the flow of the game, and Boston maintained the lead throughout.
Boston (3-0) will have Halloween off before hosting New Orleans (1-1) on Sunday evening.