Bulls Dominate Celtics in Eastern Conference Battle

In a potential preview of the Eastern Conference finals, the Chicago Bulls dominated the Boston Celtics 97-81.

Trailing by only four at the half, Boston played an awful 3rd quarter. The Bulls outscored Boston 23-17 in the frame and eventually built up a double-digit advantage in the 4th.

Derrick Rose proved why he is the frontrunner in this year's MVP race.

Rose finished with 30 points, eight assists, and five boards. He also converted 9-16 field goals and knocked down all ten of his free throws.

Luol Deng added 23 points -- canning 3-6 attempts from deep -- and six rebounds. Carlos Boozer chipped in with a monster double-double: 14 points and 12 rebounds.The Bulls shot 47.4% from the field, 40.9% from downtown, and 93.3% from the charity stripe.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 15 points. Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green were the only other two Boston players to reach double-digits in the scoring column. KG also corralled ten boards.

This was without a doubt one of Boston's worst performances all season. The Celtics got out-rebounded and out-assisted and as a team, shot a measly 38.4%.

With the loss Boston drops to 54-24, and Chicago improves to an Eastern Conference best 58-20. The Celts return to action tomorrow night when the Wizards visit Beantown. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.