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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 94, Celtics 82

1/2/2014



 

CHICAGO -- Here's quick look at the Chicago Bulls' 94-82 win over the Boston Celtics at the United Center on Thursday:

How it happened: The Bulls put together a team effort to knock off the Celtics. The Bulls had six players range from 10-17 points. Joakim Noah led the way with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. The Bulls put themselves in a comfortable position by opening the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run and taking a 77-62 lead. Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy scored five of his 11 points during the run. Carlos Boozer (16 points), Luol Deng (14 points), Taj Gibson (12 points) and Jimmy Butler (10 points) also finished in double figures for the Bulls. Jordan Crawford led the Celtics with 22 points. Jared Sullinger contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics.

What it means: The Bulls and Celtics are off to similar starts to this season while missing their star point guards. The Celtics entered the game as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. The Bulls overtook them with the victory and improved to 13-18. The Bulls were able to close out the game with a strong fourth quarter after failing to do so and losing to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Hits: Noah just missed a triple-double. His last triple-double happened to come against the Celtics. He had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on Dec. 18, 2012.

Misses: The Bulls and Celtics combined to shoot 4-of-27 on 3-pointers. The Bulls were 2-of-15, and the Celtics were 2-of-12.

Stat of the night: The Bulls had 19 assists on their first 22 field goals. They finished with 26 assists on 35 field goals.

What's next: The Bulls continue their four-game home stand with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.