GAME NIGHT FROM THE UNITED CENTER
Boston (24- 8, 10-6 on the road) at Bulls (13-22, 7-12 at home)
TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King 7PM
RADIO: 670 The Score. Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, and David Schuster. 6:45 PRE.
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 23 ppg. Boston: Walker: 22 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9 per. Boston: Brown and Tatum each with 7 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Boston: Wa;let: 5 per.
PREVIEW: It's a miss or make sport and Thursday at the United Center the Jazz made shots at crunch time and the Bulls did not. You turn the page and move on and on means Boston tonight.
The Bulls are hoping to put a good stretch of basketball together but as the schedule gets tougher it is imperative the Bulls play a full 48 if they expect to win a series of games.
The Celtics played last night and escaped with a home court, 109-106 win over the Hawks. Daniel Theis blocked Trae Young's three-point attempt with three seconds left to secure the Celtics 24th win of the season. Boston trailed by 18 points in the first quarter. The Celtics were without Kemba Walker who missed the game with an illness. His status for tonight's game will be updated later today. Follow me on Twitter (@ctsbulls) for the latest information. Boston allows the fewest points as opponents are averaging 103 points per game against Boston. The Celtics trail Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee by five games but just three in the loss column.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
"CCI Game of the Night": Houston 118, Philadelphia 108: The 76ers have lost four straight. Philly went 6-27 from three-point range. James Harden pumped in 44 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists.
Los Angeles Lakers 123, New Orleans 113: Anthony Davis destroyed his former team with a 46-13 game.
Orlando 105, Miami 85: Miami missed all 10 of their three-point field goal attempts in the fourth quarter and went 3-19 in the final period.
Phoenix 120, New York 112: Devin Booker scored 38 for the Suns - his fifth straight 30 points game.
Portland 122, Washington 103: The Wizards Isaiah Thomas was ejected 90 seconds into the game for making contact with an official. Portland's Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 59 points. The Blazers ended a five-game slide.
Cleveland's Larry Nance is out for 1-2 weeks with left knee soreness.
Brooklyn waived two way forward Henry Ellenson.
Always a pleasure.