The Celtics and the Bulls met for the second time in as many nights Monday night. Over the first seven quarters of those games, neither team could pull away from the other for a double-digit lead.
Then the eighth quarter happened.
Chicago took complete control of Monday’s contest with a 13-0 run to begin the final period. That spurt turned a one-point advantage into a 14-point lead, and Boston never crawled back to within single digits from there on out.
Three Bulls accounted for their team’s 13 points to begin the fourth. Joakim Noah scored six, Mike Dunleavy scored five and Taj Gibson scored two. Those players attempted all of Chicago’s shots during the stretch and combined to shoot 5-of-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
It sure didn’t take long for what was a close game to turn into a blowout. Chicago needed only three minutes and 22 seconds to score its 13 consecutive points. The Bulls went on to win by a final score of 94-80.
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After being asked about Brandon Bass’ performance Monday night, Brad Stevens responded in kind.
“Brandon Bass was a stud,” Stevens said. “He played his tail off. It’s too bad we didn’t have him guarding all five spots at times during the game. He was very aggressive on offense, very aggressive on defense. He was really great tonight.”
So great, the coach said, that he was personally acknowledged during Stevens’ postgame address to his players.
“I just complimented him in the locker room in front of everybody else,” said Stevens, “and he deserves that.”
He sure does.
Bass tied Jerryd Bayless for the team high in scoring with 18 points while also leading the team with nine rebounds and four blocked shots. He shot a stellar 7-of-10 from the field and made all four of his free throws on the night.
Bass is known for his consistency on offense and on the glass, but those blocks came out of nowhere. He had blocked four total shots over the first 30 days of March before doubling that total on Monday.
It’s no wonder why Stevens gave Bass recognition in front of his teammates following the game. Boston may have lost, but No. 30 brought the goods.
Box Score Nuggets
- Chicago outscored Boston 48-30 in the paint.
- Six players in the game scored at least 16 points.
- Phil Pressey and Kirk Hinrich tied for the game high in steals with four apiece.
- Four of Chicago's five starters made between seven and nine field goals. The fifth starter, Hinrich, made none.
- Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 22 points.
- Brandon Bass led the Celtics in scoring (18 points), rebounding (nine boards) and shot-blocking (four blocks).
- Bass' four blocks match his total from the first 30 days of March.
- Two of the game's 10 starters finished with just one point apiece.
- Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah tied for the game high in rebounds with 11 apiece.
- Four Celtics were called for two personal fouls.
- Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points and made a game-high four 3s.
- Chicago shot just 3-of-16 from 3-point range.
- Boston scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter.
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