Kevin Garnett put in his best performance of the season with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists. Rajon Rondo filled up the stat sheet as well, tallying 12 points, 19 assists, and 6 boards. The rest of the starting five (Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal, and Ray Allen) totalled 44 points on 18-34 shooting from the field.
Derrick Rose scored 20 points, while dishing out 8 dimes in Chicago's losing effort. Joakim Noah contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulls team as a whole shot only 41.9% field goal shooting.
The C's came out with intensity tonight, dropping 31 points in the opening frame (8 of those courtesy of KG) and taking a 12-point lead into the 2nd quarter. Chicago answered, winning that frame by 7 points. Entering the 3rd quarter with a 5-point lead, the Celtics put the game away, winning the frame 29-19. From that point on, the Bulls never cut the deficit back to single digits.
After 10:53 of the final quarter filled with "SCALABRINE!" chants from the crowd, Head coach Byron Scott put Scal into the game. He received a standing ovation (of course), but did not take a shot in the remainder of regulation. Earl Watson hit a three-pointer as time expired, and Boston prevailed with a 104-82 victory.
The C's return to action Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. Tipoff is at 1:00 PM ET. Stephen Bailey 12/03/2010 10:54:00 PM Tweet Edit