Celts fall to Bulls in another close one, 107 - 102

Run the floor, big fella! Photo credit: ESPN
Boston dropped another close one tonight going blow for blow with the Chicago Bulls for almost a whole four quarters.

Continuing his phenomenal season, Joakim Noah (13 pts, 13 ast, 8 reb) left a massive imprint on this one despite attempting only a single shot in the entire first half. Similarly, DJ Augustin put on a show with his shooting arsenal, stroking the rock from three and even adding a high difficulty full-speed floater in the second quarter. He finished with a cool 33 points (10-14 from the field, 10-10 from the line) to go with 3 assists.

Rajon Rondo (17 pts, 11 ast, 4 reb, 2 stl) continued to thread some needles while also attacking the rim to help lead Boston to a 27 point third quarter. Sometimes, you have to wonder how many assists Rondo could rack up if more shots were falling.

Though he continued to demonstrate his signature defensive prowess, Avery Bradley really struggled offensively. He shot just 3-12 for 8 points in 33 minutes. Kris Humphries put together a very solid game with 14 points on 4-5 shooting to go along with 8 boards in just 22 minutes.

With just two minutes left in regulation, Jeff Green (16 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast) bailed the Celtics out with a nice turnaround three to tie the game at 96. Augustin kept up his stellar play by putting on a filthy crossover and pulling up from three with 1:19 left. After some smooth free throw shooting from the Bulls, Sullinger's impressive back to back threes with 20 and 12 seconds left were simply too late.

The overall team effort from the Bulls was too much for the Celtics who lost 107 - 102 and now fall to 23-50. The Celtics will seek redemption as they take on the Bulls again Monday night in Chicago at 8 PM ET.