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Boston picked up a convincing win over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, winning on the road 106-80 to pick up their 10th straight win. With the win, the Celtics extend their Eastern Conference lead over Orlando to two games.
Things didn’t always look that way, though, as the Bulls got out to a quick 6-0 lead. Boston first scored on a Paul Pierce three 2:40 in, then tied the game on another Pierce three 24 seconds later. Chicago must have been angry having blown an early lead, as Brad Miller basically horse collared Rajon Rondo 3:28 in. In the NFL, it would have been 15 yards, a fine, and probably an ejection, but it got Miller a flagrant one foul from the NBA officials, though a flagrant two would definitely have been warranted.
A Celtics three-point lead after the first quarter was continually challenged by Chicago, who kept things in check for much of the half. The Celtics briefly opened up a double-digit lead late in the half, but Chicago kept the game from getting completely out of hand, and held Boston to an eight-point halftime lead. The threes helped for the Celtics (3/10), while Boston held Chicago to mostly two point shots (0/3 on threes).
After the half, the Celtics started the blowout and never looked back. The Celtics outscored the Bulls 29-17 in the 3rd quarter to take a 20-point lead into the final twelve minutes. Eddie House highlighted the run by running in out of nowhere to seize a pass from Chicago’s Joakim Noah, and after a give and go with Rondo, he hit a jump shot for two.
Boston finished off the game by holding the Bulls to 17 points in the final quarter again, and teasing the 30-point differential threshold. They’re really starting to look like the championship team they were from two years ago. At this rate, they’ll wind up 68-14 and beat L.A. once more. Just translate the NBA-best 11-1 road record into home performances and it won’t be a problem.
It was a balanced attack. Seven Celtics (including all five starters) scored in double figures, but nobody got to 20 points. There is no “I” in team.
If you really need something, I guess we should expect more from Brian Scalabrine in 16:22 than no shots, two rebounds, an assist, a block, and two fouls.
“We got multiple stops, then you have the chance to get multiple scores.” – Doc Rivers on the Celtics’ defense.