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Celtics Vs. Bulls Score Update: Chicago Trails 22-18 After First Period

The Chicago Bulls are trailing 22-18 against the Boston Celtics after one quarter on Thursday night. Once again without starting point guard Derrick Rose as he makes a slow recovery from last month's groin injury, offense has continued to be an issue for the suddenly sputtering contenders.

With the offense lagging of late for Chicago, things haven't been any better on Thursday. In the first quarter, the Bulls shot just 32 percent from the field while turning the ball over five times. Even against a solid defensive club from Boston, it's difficult to win while producing so little on offense.

Joakim Noah leads Chicago with six points, five rebounds and two blocks. The rest of the Bulls are a combined 4-of-17 from the field. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting while Rajon Rondo has added six points and four assists.

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