Things turned quickly for the Celtics on Sunday night, and not in a good way.
Boston and Chicago exchanged blows for nearly the entirety of their battle at TD Garden. They were tied at 96-96 with 2:13 remaining before things turned south for the C’s.
D.J. Augustin, the star of the night, took control of the game over the next minute and a half. His personal 7-0 run began with a highlight-reel 3-pointer from the left wing. He crossed up Rajon Rondo at the top of the key and then stopped on a dime to pull up for a 26-foot trey from the left wing. Nothing but net.
Augustin followed that 3-pointer up with four consecutive makes from the free-throw line. He drew a foul on Rondo on two straight possessions to get to the stripe.
The second half of those four free throws were dropped through the net with 30.4 seconds remaining in the game. They put Chicago on top 103-96, which stood as the largest lead of the night for either team. The Bulls went on to win by a score of 107-102.
Key Box Score Line
D.J. Augustin – yes, D.J. Augustin – was an unstoppable force Sunday night. Augustin scored a game-high 33 points to push the Bulls past the Celtics at TD Garden.
Those 33 points more than doubled the next-highest amount scored by any other Bulls player and nearly doubled the highest amount scored by any Celtics player. Jimmy Butler was Chicago’s second-leading scorer with 15 points, while Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 17 points.
Augustin scored 13 of his points during the second quarter and 15 points during the fourth quarter. He shot an impressive 10-of-14 from the field on the night, made three of his four shots from downtown, and converted on all 10 of his free throw attempts.
This was the same guy who scored 21 total points with Toronto before the Raptors waived him in early December. The same guy who was 7-of-24 from the field on the season before joining Chicago.
“D.J. Augustin,” Brad Stevens said, “is not the same person that I saw in a Raptors uniform to start the season.”
You can say that again.
Box Score Nuggets
- Joakim Noah dished out a game-high 13 assists.
- Each team had six players score in double-figures.
- Two Bulls players, D.J. Augustin and Joakim Noah, each attempted 10 free throws while no Celtics player took more than eight.
- Rajon Rondo led the Celtics in both points (17) and assists (11).
- Jared Sullinger notched his first double-double since Feb. 21 with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
- Jerryd Bayless and Jimmy Butler tied for the game high in steals with three apiece.
- Chicago shot 52.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
- D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 33 points.
- Chicago attempted nearly double the amount of free throws (31) than Boston did (16).
- Rondo committed a game-high six turnovers.
- Brandon Bass was the only Boston player who finished with a positive plus/minus rating. He finished with a plus-three.
Quote of the Night
D.J. Augustin is not the same person that I saw in a Raptors uniform to start the season. Brad Stevens on D.J. Augustin, who scored a game-high 33 points for the BullsMore quotes >>