Bulls 96, Celtics 83
Despite trailing by double-digits most of the game, the Celtics knocked Chicago's lead down to four points in the third quarter when the cut the deficit to 75-71. The play was set up when Eddie House came free at the elbow, catching a pass and eying the hoop to draw a pair of defenders, leaving Kendrick Perkins open for the reverse laup.
But Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah all scored consecutive hoops to push the lead back to 10 points, and the Celtics never recovered.
Key Box Score Line
Paul Pierce was working hard on both ends of the floor, but his old nemesis, Luol Deng, returned with a vengeance tonight. Deng didn't play in the Celtics's first round series against the Bulls last spring, but in season's past he's been kryptonite to Pierce's Superman.
So while at first glance, Pierce's 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists looks like a pretty solid night, his 6-for-18 shooting was impacted greatly by Deng's work on the defensive end. Pierce had five of his shots blocked.
Box Score Nuggets
- Kendrick Perkins had another solid night in the paint, scoring 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and grabbing 10 rebounds.
- Rajon Rondo struggled in his matchup with Derrick Rose. He had seven assists but five turnovers. He did make three steals.
- Shelden Williams played 6:45 and grabbed three rebounds but did not attempt any field goals.
- Eddie House got his shootig back on track tonight, he hit his first five shots and finished 5-for-6 for 11 points.
- Paul Pierce had five of his shots blocked.
- Joakim Noah had four of the Bulls' 10 blocked shots.
- The Bulls shot just six three-pointers, and connected on just two of them.
Quote of the Night
Paul Pierce on Luol Deng being a tough matchup: "I mean there's a lot of tough match ups, you know, for a guy who hasn't been an All-Star in this league, he's about as good as it gets without being an All-Star."