Chicago Bulls 107, Boston Celtics 102
The Boston Celtics hosted the Chicago Bulls after recording losses in eight of their last ten games. The Celtics last loss was recorded Friday night in Toronto against the Raptors. The Bulls also entered tonight's game coming off of a loss, theirs against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Celtics got off to a terrible shooting start tonight, missing all of their first four shots. They quickly got back on track though, making their next five shots. The Bulls kept on pace with the Celtics as there were five lead changes in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Chicago took a one-point lead with a little less than three minutes left in the opening quarter (22-21) and held it until a buzzer-beating three-pointer gave Boston a one-point lead heading into the second quarter (26-25). D.J. Augustin hit a game-tying free throw for Chicago before assisting a Mike Dunleavy jumper that gave the Bulls an early two-point lead over the Celtics (32-30). The Celtics tied the game twice in the middle of the second quarter before finally taking a one-point lead over the Bulls with a Kris Humphries jumper (44-43). Two consecutive three-pointers from Chicago put the Bulls up one point over the Celtics (49-48) which the Bulls grew to three points before a Brandon Bass dunk cut the Bull's lead to one to end the first half (51-50). The Celtics and Bulls remained close for the entirety of the third quarter, with four lead changes and five ties. Both the Bulls and the Celtics posted 27 points in the third quarter and the Celtics headed to the headed to the final quarter with a one-point deficit (78-77). The Bulls attempted to take off on the Celtics in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, going up by five points against the Celtics (84-79). Chicago was unsuccessful, however, as Boston cut the Bulls' lead down to one twice before overtaking the Bulls with a one-point lead (87-86). Chicago once again took a one-point lead over Boston before going up by as many as six points (93-87). The Celtics chipped away at the Bulls' lead before a Jeff Green three-pointer tied the game at 96 points a piece. Augustin answered with a three-pointer of his own, putting the Bulls up by three (99-96). The Celtics attempted to play the foul game, prompting Augustin to hit six consecutive free throws while Jared Sullinger hit two consecutive three-pointers; however, the attempt was futile and the Celtics lost tonight with a final score of 107-102. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler led Chicago tonight, Augustin with 33 points and Butler with 15 points while Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, and Jared Sullinger led Boston, Rondo with 17 points and Green and Sullinger each with 16 points. The Celtics will face the Bulls again tomorrow night in Chicago.