Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, December 8th
Game 3: Friday, December 14th
Game 4: Monday, April 8th

Bulls 101

(4-17, 0-12 away)

Celtics 107

(13-7, 7-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 14, 2001

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 27 23 31 20101
    BOS 30 23 23 31107

    Top Performers

    Chicago: G. Anthony 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl

    Boston: P. Pierce 38 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Celtics win for eighth time in nine games

    BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said he was surprised to see that Paul Pierce had scored 38 points.

    Tony Battie


    The Boston Celtics' Tony Battie and the Chicago Bulls' Tyson Chandler battle for a rebound.

    "He's always surprised," said Pierce, who added 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in leading the Celtics to their eighth win in nine games -- 107-101 over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. "He's so focused on the defensive end, he doesn't focus on the offense."

    Pierce had 17 fourth-quarter points for the Celtics, who used a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 93-86 lead. Pierce had eight points in the run and Joe Johnson, who finished with 13 points, had five.

    "I think he's playing terrific team defense and he's rebounding tremendously," O'Brien said of Pierce. "This is a well-rounded player."

    The Celtics only loss in the stretch was to the Bulls, 87-84, on Dec. 8. In that game, Pierce shot 4-for-15 and was held to 12 points.

    "Pierce is a terrific, terrific talent and just got it going," said Bulls head coach Tim Floyd, whose team dropped to 0-12 on the road. "He hit some difficult shots and continues to find the net."

    The Celtics have won eight of nine for the first time since March 31-April 17, 1995. The Celtics 13-7 start is their best since 1991-1992, Larry Bird's last season as a player.

    The Bulls played the Celtics tight, leading by as many as eight, 86-78, with 8:42 left in the the fourth quarter. One key was Marcus Fizer, whose physical defense kept Antoine Walker, the Celtics' second-leading scorer, scoreless for more than 24 minutes.

    "This was a great victory for us to pull out after we really struggled in the second and third quarters," O'Brien said. "It was a good, tough-minded win."

    Walker had 20 points and eight assists and Tony Battie had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, his first double-double of the season.

    The Bulls were led by Ron Mercer, who scored 23 points against his old team. Greg Anthony had 19 points and 11 assists. Fizer finished with 18 points.

    The Celtics, behind 5-for-5 shooting and 12 points from Walker, hit their first nine shots from the field to open up an early 22-10 lead. The Bulls shut down the Celtics the rest of the half, pressing them and holding Walker scoreless to cut the deficit to 53-50 at halftime.

    Game notes
    Kenny Anderson was ejected at the 6:51 mark in the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. ... Walker entered the game as the league leader in minutes played, averaging 43.5 per game. ... Bulls rookie Tyson Chandler, selected second in the 2001 NBA draft, entered the game with 2:42 left in the first quarter and promptly scored on a baseline dunk and blocked a shot on the defensive end. ... Bulls forward Charles Oakley, one of only three Bulls over the age of 25, responded to a fan's barb of "Oakley, you're too old," with "Never too old."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 107
    FGM-FGA 36-75 (.480) 40-94 (.426)
    3PM-3PA 8-15 (.533) 7-30 (.233)
    FTM-FTA 21-23 (.913) 20-24 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-36 22-47
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 21 13
    Steals 9 14
    Blocks 2 1
    Fast Break Points 8 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 20 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    Greg Anthony Anthony
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 38
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0