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.