The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night in Chicago. After a sloppy first half in which both teams struggled to find open looks, the Bulls pulled ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 26-16. In the quarter, the C’s only shot 7-for-32 (21.9%) from the field, missing all six of their three point attempts.
The Bulls were led by Pau Gasol, who finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 18 boards. The rest of the Chicago starters also scored in double-figures, as the dynamic backcourt of Jimmy Butler (18) and Derrick Rose (19) combined for 37.Seven different Celtics scored in double-figures, as Jae Crowder led the team with 17.
The loss was Boston’s fourth in their last five games. The Celtics will look to end their two-game losing streak on Sunday night as they travel to take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
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STUD OF THE NIGHT Derrick Rose
After suffering an broken orbital bone during training camp, its looks as if Derrick Rose has regained the full use of his face. The former MVP scored 19 points on only 9 shots. Rose did an excellent job in the paint, making excellent use of a jump-hook while he was guarded by the smaller Thomas.
DUD OF THE NIGHT The Celtics Offense
Without Avery Bradley, the Celtics offense has been atrocious. Isaiah Thomas has done has a great job of attacking the basket, but that has not translated to made shots. As opposing defense collapse on Thomas, he is forced to pass to his teammates who similarly can’t put the ball in the basket. When IT is out of the game there is no semblance of ball movement. Tonight back-up ball handlers Evan Turner and Marcus Smart only score 10 points, combining to shoot 7-for-23 from the field.
VINE OF THE NIGHT
WHINE OF THE NIGHT Mark and Martinis
For some reason, TNT was broadcasting live from Las Vegas. Obviously this means they brought in a house-band called Mark and Martinis. The band featured seven white dudes dressed in tuxedo and must have been the saddest grouping of individuals I have ever seen on TNT, and I have watched one episode of The Closer.
STAT OF THE NIGHT Three-Point Shooting
Without any ball movement or basic offense, the Celtics settled for contested three pointers. Tonight the C’s were 5-for-23, missing all six of their attempts in the third quarter.
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