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Celtics 106, Bulls 80

Game Highlights

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Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo speeds by Brad Miller and forces him to commit a dangerous flagrant foul in the first half of Boston's 106-80 win.
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Key Moment

Playing against a Chicago team that was in its fourth game in five nights, including an overtime win last night, Boston took advantage and outscore the Bulls by a count of 29-17 in the third period. Rajon Rondo drilled a running jumper with less than a second remaining in the third quarter to put the Celtics up by 20, at 83-63, heading into the final period.

Chicago didn't make a field goal over the final 6:17 of the quarter. While they were fumbling around on offense, Rondo was dominating at the other end. He scored six points and dished out two assists during that run.

After drilling his jumper to close out the third, he skipped back to the Celtics' bench, and it was time for Boston to coast to their 10th straight win from that point on.

Key Box Score Line

Rasheed Wallace had his most impressive game of the season off the bench for Boston tonight, scoring 15 points off the bench to go along with five rebounds. He was second on the team in scoring, just one behind Rondo, and helped the Celtics' bench outscore Chicago's by a count of 44-27.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Seven Celtics finished in double-figures.
  • Rasheed Wallace and Eddie House (15 points apiece) outscored Chicago's entire bench.
  • All 12 Celtics entered the game and every one of them finished with a +/- rating of at least +2.
  • Chicago shot only 32.8 percent from the floor and made only one of their nine 3-point attempts.
  • Not a single Bull finished with a positive +/- rating.
  • Brad Miller was whistled for both a flagrant and technical foul in the game.
  • Joakim Noah scored only two points for the Bulls.
  • Taj Gibson, who had recently been delegated to the bench, recorded the Bulls' only double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Rajon Rondo (16 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists) and Kevin Garnett (12 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles.
  • The teams combined for a whopping 23 blocked shots (13 by Boston, 10 by Chicago).
  • In another extremely rare case, the teams combined for 104 rebounds (55 for Chicago, 49 for Boston).

Quote of the Night

Rasheed Wallace on the team's recent run: "Some teams came at us, we were down sometimes going into the fourth quarter. We didn't play good some nights and we came out with a win so that let's me know that we're fighting hard and scrapping."