By Kent McDill, For NBA.com
Posted Nov 13, 2012 9:48 AM
THE FACTS: Shooting lights out for three quarters, the visiting Boston Celtics recorded a wire-to-wire victory over the Chicago Bulls 101-95 at the United Center Monday night. All five Boston starters scored in double figures, led by Rajon Rondo's 20 points. He also had a game-high 10 assists. Chicago's Luol Deng led all scorers with 26 points and tied teammate Joakim Noah with 11 boards. Noah had 17 points for the Bulls, recording his third double-double of the season.
THE FACTS II: The Celtics led by 13 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls scored 10 straight points to cut a 13-point deficit to 87-84 with 8:23 remaining in the game. The Bulls could only cut the lead to two points 95-93 with 50 seconds remaining.
QUOTABLE I: "We had one letup but you can't do that against the Bulls because they are going to keep playing hard."
-- Boston coach Doc Rivers
THE STAT: It's not in the final box score, but with five minutes to go in the third quarter, the Celtics were still shooting 60 percent for the game and leading by 14. They finished the game shooting 50.6 percent (41-for-81).
QUOTABLE II: "It was [good] ball movement. Every time we forced it, we turned it over."
-- Rivers talking about his team's shooting
THE STAT II: Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple-double with nine boards and 10 assists to go with his 20 points.
TURNING POINT: With the Bulls trailing 87-84 midway through the fourth quarter, Bulls rookie guard Marquis Teague drove the left side of the lane and put up a bank shot for a basket. But it got waved off when he was called for an offensive foul running into Boston's Kevin Garnett.
QUOTABLE II: "I thought it was an and-1."
-- Teague, thinking he was going to the free-throw line to shoot the game-tying free throw instead of being called for the offensive foul
INJURY UPDATE: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich missed his first game due to the strained right hip he suffered against Minnesota Saturday.
HOT: The Celtics were 16-for-16 from the free-throw line, led by Brandon Bass's 6-for-6 showing.
GOOD MOVE: With Hinrich out, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau gave Teague 18 minutes of playing time behind Nate Robinson; Teague had five points, three rebounds and two assists.
NOTABLE: The win ended Boston's five-game losing streak at the United Center ...Rip Hamilton is 17-for-17 from the free-throw line this season ...Noah, a career 72-percent free-throw shooter, is shooting almost 84 percent (31-for-37) from the line this season ...Garnett passed Allen Iverson and moved into 17th place on the NBA all-time scoring list.
UP NEXT: For the Bulls, @ Suns Wednesday, @ Clippers Saturday, @ Trail Blazers Sunday. For the Celtics, vs. Jazz Wednesday, @ Nets Thursday, vs. Raptors Saturday.
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