Celtics Vs. Bulls: Chicago Finishes Strong In 89-80 Win

Luol Deng led the charge in the fourth quarter as the Bulls finished off an 89-80 win.

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Celtics Vs. Bulls: Bulls Down Celtics, 89-80

In a battle of two of the best defensive teams in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls got 23 points and 10 assists from Luol Deng to defeat the Boston Celtics 89-80 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday night.

The Celtics had the better start, leading by six points after the first twelve minutes before the Bulls stormed back with a 26-11 showing in the second quarter to take a 44-35 lead into the second half. Boston closed to within one at the end of the third and took the lead early in the fourth quarter before the Bulls went on a 12-0 run to take a 81-69 lead with 4:24 remaining.

Boston was able to get within six points, but a three-pointer from the corner by Deng extended the Bulls' lead to nine points with 47 seconds left.

Carlos Boozer added 23 points, while center Joakim Noah added 15 points of his own. Boozer and Noah dominated the glass, with Noah grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds and Boozer adding 15 boards himself.

For the Celtics, forward Kevin Garnett had a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, with point guard Rajon Rondo chipping in with 17 points, eight assists and seven boards. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for just 26 points on 10-of-29 from the floor. Allen missed his first seven field goal attempts before briefly getting hot with three straight three-pointers in the third quarter.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog. For updates on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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Celtics Vs. Bulls: Celtics Pull Within One Point Entering Fourth Quarter

The Boston Celtics outscored the Chicago Bulls 24-16 to pull within one point of the Chicago Bulls, who cling to a 60-59 lead entering the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago opened up a 16-point lead with 10:02 to play in the period, and led by as many as 10 points with five minutes remaining, but the Celtics closed the gap as a previously ice cold Ray Allen hit a trio of three-point field goals in the final four minutes.

Allen started the night with seven straight misses from the floor before hitting his final three attempts from beyond the arc to enter the fourth quarter with 10 points. Forward Kevin Garnett has a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, with point guard Rajon Rondo adding a dozen points to go along with his six assists and six rebounds.

The Bulls are dominating inside, with Carlos Boozer scoring a game-high 19 points. Center Joakim Noah has 15 points and both Noah and Boozer have 12 rebounds, an area where the Bulls have a 42-31 edge.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog. For updates on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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ANIMATED: Joakim Noah Is Still Doing The Pistol Dance

This is kind of Joakim Noah's new thing and he sure takes advantage of every opportunity he has to do it. We've seen Noah's backpedaling finga gun celebration before, and he was at it again on Thursday night. The bar for the celebration, however, is pretty low.

Here's Noah hitting an open 16-footer, then celebrating all the way back down the court.

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It's still funny, at least, if only for Noah's complete ridiculousness.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog. For updates on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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Celtics Vs. Bulls: Bulls Roar Back In Second Quarter, Lead By Nine At Halftime

The Chicago Bulls erased a six-point first-quarter deficit to take a 44-35 lead over the Boston Celtics at halftime of tonight's game at the United Center in Chicago.

The Celtics opened up an eight-point lead midway through the second quarter, but the Bulls battled back with a 22-5 run on buckets by Joakim Noah, Mike James, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer over the final six minutes and 45 seconds.

Noah leads the Bulls with 12 points and six rebounds, while Boozer has 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Deng has 10 points on three-of-five shooting to go along with five assists. As a team, the Bulls are 15-of-39 from the floor, including five-of-eight from beyond the arc. The Bulls have also regained the rebounding edge, grabbing 29 to the Celtics' 18, including ten on the offensive glass.

For the Celtics, point guard Rajon Rondo has a team-high 10 points and three assists, while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have eight points apiece. Ray Allen has been ice cold, missing all five of his field goal attempts and scoring just one point in 12 minutes.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog. For updates on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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Celtics Vs. Bulls: Celtics Lead By Six Points After First Quarter

Point guard Rajon Rondo has eight points, two rebounds and two assists as the Boston Celtics have opened up a 24-18 lead over the Chicago Bulls after the first quarter of tonight's game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Celtics forward Paul Pierce has added six points on three-of-seven shooting from the floor, while power forward Kevin Garnett has four points. Center Jermaine O'Neal has a team-high four rebounds.

The Celtics have struggled shooting from beyond the arc, missing all four attempts, but are 12-21 on two-point goal attempts after the first quarter. The Bulls are just six-of-19 from the floor, including two-of-two on three-point attempts, with forward Carlos Boozer scoring a team-high seven points. Boozer played all 12 minutes of the first quarter, as did point guard C.J. Watson, who has added five points. Luol Deng has four points and center Joakim Noah leads the Bulls with four rebounds.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog. For updates on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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Celtics Vs. Bulls: Chicago Looks For Vengeance Against Boston, With Or Without Derrick Rose

The Chicago Bulls will look to exact revenge for Sunday's loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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