Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 4: Monday, December 16th

Bulls 99

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Celtics 96

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2002

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

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    CHI 26 19 35 1999
    BOS 32 19 33 1296

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Rose 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Blk

    Boston: P. Pierce 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bulls' Hassell dooms Celtics in final minutes

    BOSTON (AP) -- Jay Williams' NBA debut was starting to look a lot like his NCAA finale.

    Trenton Hassell

    The second overall pick in last June's draft missed four free throws down the stretch in the Bulls' opener on Wednesday night, but Trenton Hassell bailed him out with a pair of key 3-pointers to lead Chicago to a 99-96 victory over the Boston Celtics.

    "I could have done some things better -- obviously, the free throws,'' said Williams, who was 0-for-5 from the line but finished with 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. "It's part of my nervousness.''

    Jalen Rose had 21 points and 12 assists for the Bulls. Hassell scored eight of his 14 points in the final three minutes, twice connecting from 3-point range to give Chicago the lead.

    Paul Pierce scored 28 and Tony Delk had 23 for Boston. Antoine Walker had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but made just one field goal in the second half and shot 5-for-23 overall -- 1-for-10 from 3-point range.

    Boston led 93-91 when Hassell scored off Williams' assist to tie it with 2:59 to play. After a steal by Williams, Hassell made a 3-pointer at 2:23 to give Chicago its first lead since the first quarter.

    Delk hit a 3 to tie it. With 1:30 left, Williams missed both free throws with a chance to give Chicago back the lead.

    Hassell hit another 3 with 60 seconds left to make it 99-96, and Boston missed on several chances to tie it.

    "A lot of guys make it to the NBA that you don't know about. Trenton Hassell is one of those guys,'' Rose said. "That is typical of the makeup of our team.''

    Meanwhile, Williams missed another pair of free throws, these coming with 8.8 seconds left and a chance to clinch it.

    It was an all-too-familiar scene for Williams, whose missed free throws played into three of Duke's four losses last year, including one that could have sent the NCAA regional semifinals into overtime in his final college game.

    "I make free throws all the time in practice,'' he said. "It's surprising.''

    Still, the Celtics were impressed.

    "He will be good very quick,'' Walker said. "He did miss the free throws but he did other things well. He will definitely be a star.''

    The Bulls, who have not made the playoffs since 1998, are hoping a young roster led by Williams will turn around their fortunes.

    The Celtics open the season with higher hopes than any season since the end of the era of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Last year's team made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and went to the conference finals before losing to New Jersey.

    The Celtics led by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter and had a 74-62 lead before Chicago scored eight consecutive points. After cutting the deficit to two points in the fourth and missing a half-dozen chances to tie it, Donyell Marshall made a layup to make the score 91-all with 5:20 left.

    Chicago forward Tyson Chandler was ejected from the game in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul.

    Chandler was called for the first one in the second quarter after arguing with the referees over a foul. In the third quarter, he converted an alley-oop dunk and hung on the rim, screaming at Celtics center Tony Battie as he landed.

    The Bulls scored the first seven points of the game before Boston tied it at 9. Pierce had 10 in the first quarter to stake the Celtics to a 32-26 lead, and the Celtics led by as many as 10 in the second quarter before settling for a 51-45 lead at the half.

    Game notes

    The Celtics put Kedrick Brown on the injured list with a sprained right ankle. ... Pierce, who scored more points than anyone else in the NBA last season, led the league in scoring in the preseason. ... Walker missed his first five shots. ... Boston beat Chicago in four out of five last year. ... The Celtics are 35-21 in home openers, having won 14 in a row from 1979-92. ... Rose scored a career-high 43 vs. New Jersey on opening night last season. ... Williams scored his first career NBA basket at 7:20 of the second quarter.

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