A 19 point Chicago Bulls halftime lead was cut to one early in the fourth quarter after the Boston Celtics' Mickael Pietrus nailed a three to bring the score to 67-66 Bulls. But that was as close as the Celtics would get, as Derrick Rose quickly followed up the Pietrus three with a personal 6-2 run from which the Bulls would never look back.
The Bulls were led by Luol Deng, who abused a rusty Paul Pierce, putting up 21 points and 16 rebounds on 8-17 shooting. Derrick Rose had a rough shooting night, making only nine of his 21 shots, but he was still able to finish with 25 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Joakim Noah was also solid on the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds, five of them on the offensive end. As a team, the Bulls outrebounded the Celtics, using their depth to overwhelm the smaller, older Celtics.
The Bulls will return home to host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night before kicking the week off on the road vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.
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