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Bulls 90, Celtics 118

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Paul Pierce

Rajon Rondo surveys the court while he and Kevin Garnett run a pick-and-roll against the Bulls during their 118-90 victory.
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Key Moment

The Celtics are quickly becoming great at two things: opening a double-digit lead at halftime and blowing the game open at the start of the second half. It's now two consecutive games they've done so, and tonight's third quarter show was incredible to watch.

With a 50-35 lead at the half, the Celtics put their foot down with a riduclous scoring run to start the third period. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for 20 of the Celtics' 22 points in the first 5:08 of the period and pushed them ahead by a commanding 27 points. Boston shot 8-of-10 from the floor during that stretch to put the game away for good far before the final buzzer sounded.

Paul Pierce - 10/30/09 vs. Bulls
Player MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA REB A STL PTS
Paul Pierce 31:20 8 12 5 7 1 1 8 4 3 22

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Box Score Nuggets

  • The Celtics held Chicago to less than 20 points in the first two quarters, which upped their streak to six consecutive quarters of holding their opponent under 20.
  • Boston had an incredible shooting night, making 58.1 percent of their field goals, 50.0 percent of their 3-point attempts and 83.3 percent of their free throws.
  • Chicago made only two of their 15 3-point attempts, good for 13.3 percent. Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons combined to be 1-of-10 from long distance.
  • The Celtics limited Bulls players to 36 rebounds just one night after they recorded 52 against the Spurs.
  • Rajon Rondo recorded 16 assists on the night, just three less than the entire Bulls team.
  • Shelden Williams had another great game off the bench, securing a clean double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Nine Celtics were on the court for at least 19 minutes of the game.

Quote of the Night

Doc Rivers on his third quarter interview with ESPN: "They asked me [about] Rondo only [having] two shot attempts, I think, at the time and I said, 'Yeah, but he's the most dominant player on the floor right now."