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After escaping a hostile situation at Atlanta with an 88-85 win, the Celtics seemed poised for a misstep at home against the mediocre Bulls. The Celtics held a two-point lead at halftime and were in line for a tough second half as well. Then…the Celtics outscored the Bulls 41-27 in the third quarter to push ahead to a 126-108 win.
It takes a lot to win 17 straight games, with different players contributing huge each night. Against the Bulls Friday night, Kendrick Perkins poured in a career-high 25 points on 12-15 shooting with eight rebounds and one awesome block an a Ben Gordon dunk attempt.
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo continued their push for all-star nods as well. Allen scored a game-high 27 points with five assists. Rondo added four points and four steals with a game-high 15 assists. The Celts were pass-happy all game, as they dished out 40 assists in all.
Brian Scalabrine even got in on the action with the rest of the bench players in the fourth quarter. He had two threes (I LOVE A SCALABRINE 3-POINTER) and an amazing hook shoot with the shot clock ready to run out.
Loul Deng had a nice shooting night (8-15 from the field) and led the Bulls with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Andres Nocioni contributed 16 points off the bench, and the always-ridiculous-looking Joakim Noah added 10.
The Celtics go for their 18th straight victory against the Knicks on Sunday.