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Celtics vs. Bulls: Chicago falls to Boston, 101-95

The Chicago Bulls rallied late, but their comeback attempt fell short in a 101-95 loss to the Boston Celtics at the United Center.

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Celtics hold on to beat Bulls, 101-95

The Boston Celtics handled the Chicago Bulls for three quarters, but had to hang on in the end to pull out a hard-fought 101-95 win at the United Center on Monday night. Two lobs from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett helped seal the deal for the Celtics, who moved to 4-3 on the season.

The two teams, mainly known for their defense, engaged in a bit of a shootout early on. Boston led, 33-27, after the first quarter and extended their lead out to 58-46 at halftime. The Celtics shot a scorching 59.5 percent from the field in the half against the normally stout Bulls.

Boston held that 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Chicago's defense clamped down and forced a 10-0 run to get the Bulls back in the game. However, a lack of execution down the stretch, including several missed free throws, helped doom the Bulls.

Rondo played a masterful game for Boston, scoring 20 points, dishing out 10 assists and pulling down nine boards. Every single Celtics starter scored in double figures.

Luol Deng's double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Bulls, who dropped to 4-3 on the year. Joakim Noah also notched a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

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Despite trading James Harden and a tepid 2-2 start, the Thunder remain one of the NBA's most explosive teams. Both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are averaging 20.8 points per game, with Durant adding 12.3 rebounds per contest. Guard Kevin Martin has assumed some of the burden left by Harden, averaging 19.3 points per game off the bench and shooting 61% from behind the arc.

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Robinson has double-double for Bulls

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Hot shooting gives Bulls big lead

The Chicago Bulls have used 67 percent first-half shooting to take a 60-35 halftime lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday as they try to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Former Cav Carlos Boozer is 5-for-6 shooting for 12 points with three rebounds and four assists to lead Chicago. Two other Bulls are in double figures. Luol Deng has 11 points and four rebounds and guard Nate Robinson has scored 12 points off the bench. Nine of the 10 Bulls who have seen action have scored. Chicago out-scored Cleveland 32-16 in the first quarter and 28-19 in the second.

Cleveland trailed 60-32 with six seconds remaining in the half, but Alonzo Gee hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the lead to 25.

Kyrie Irving has 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting, but he's turned the ball over four times and has just one assist. Gee has 10 points for Cleveland. The Cavs are shooting just 30 percent.


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Noah leads Chicago to 93-87 win

The Chicago Bulls open their 2012-13 season with a 93-87 win over the Sacramento Kings. The Bulls did not trail after the first quarter, and built as much as a fourteen-point lead in the second half before coasting to the six-point victory.

Chicago was led by Joakim Noah, who scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds in 40 minutes on the floor. Noah was an impressive 11/12 from the free throw line, and managed five steals and three blocks on the defensive end. Richard Hamilton added 19 points, Carlos Boozer scored 18, and point guard Kirk Heinrich dished out seven assists.

Sacramento point guard Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and hauled in 8 boards, shooting 8/13 from the field and a perfect 4/4 from the free throw line. Guard Macus Thornton came off the bench to score 15 points, while center DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 despite turning the ball over seven times.

The Bulls return to action Friday night against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Sacramento takes on the TImberwolves in Minneapolis Friday night.


Chicago leads Sacramento, 44-40

The Chicago Bulls lead the Sacramento Kings, 44-40, after two quarters on Wednesday night.

Kirk Hinrich replaced the injured Derrick Rose in the starting lineup and had two points, six assists and one turnover in just under 14 minutes of playing time. Nate Robinson had two points and one assist off the bench as the backup point guard.

The Bulls are led by Richard Hamilton, who has a team-high 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with a game-high 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.

The Bulls have held the Kings to 47.2 percent shooting from the field in the first half while forcing 13 Kings' turnovers, including four each by DeMarcus Cousins and James Johnson.

The Bulls are shooting 48.8 percent from the field as a team. Ten different players scored for Chicago in the first half. Joakim Noah leads the team with five rebounds so far.


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