The Boston Celtics won their 6th straight game tonight, knocking off the Chicago Bulls 104-92 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Beantown.
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 designed Beantown Banter, writes the majority of the pieces for the site, and controls the social networking among other things. Bailey is currently a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Sport Management. He is a diehard Celtics and Red Sox fan, but also actively follows the Bruins and Patriots. Additionally, he serves as a contributing writer at Celtics Life. Earlier in 2010, Bailey interned in the Sports Department of the New Haven Register, interviewed multiple athletes, including ex-Celtic Ryan Gomes, and worked as part of a team to get the section done every weeknight. He covers both Swimming & Diving and Women's Tennis for The Daily Orange, SU's school paper. In his free time, Bailey enjoys playing pickup basketball, beating his floormates in NBA 2K11, and sporcling for hours on end. Although he is unsure exactly what he wants to do for a career, it has always been his dream to cover the Celts and Sox.