Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Celtics 91

(2-2, 2-1 away)

Bulls 69

(2-3, 1-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 23 30 18 2091
    CHI 18 16 16 1969

    Top Performers

    Bos: A. Walker 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

    Chi: T. Chandler 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Walker paves the way; Bulls struggle from floor

    CHICAGO (AP) -- By the time Antoine Walker was finished, there was no chance the Chicago Bulls were beating the Boston Celtics again.

    Antoine Walker

    The Chicago native scored 11 of his season-high 22 points in the second quarter, as the Celtics broke the game open on their way to a 91-69 rout of the Bulls. Paul Pierce added 17 and Tony Battie had 14 rebounds.

    Boston never trailed, getting payback for last week's season-opening loss to Chicago. The Eastern Conference finalists have now won two after losing their first two.

    "We're still feeling each other out,'' Walker said. "We have a lot of scoring threats on this team. I can see the confidence building on this team.''

    The Bulls, meanwhile, were back to their bad old selves. They shot just under 30 percent and had 20 turnovers -- twice as many as the Celtics. Boston scored 22 points off the miscues.

    The game was all but over midway through the second quarter, and the Celtics led by as many as 28 early in the third. If not for a few thundering jams by Tyson Chandler, Bulls fans would have had nothing to cheer.

    Chandler led the Bulls with 15 points. Jalen Rose was the only other Bulls player in double figures with 10, but he was just 3-of-14 from the floor.

    "We did not hit an urgency to start the game,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "There is no excuse. It should not happen. Throughout our growth process, what's going to happen is that ultimately, with our guys, we're going to find guys to lead our team. That's what we're going through right now. We need to have guys step up and lead.''

    The Bulls have now lost three straight after beginning the season 2-0.

    "This league is based on scouting and homework and they did that,'' Rose said. "They were already talking about what we were going to do before we even got there.''

    Eddie Robinson cut Boston's lead to 20-18 with a pair of free throws with 41 seconds left in the first quarter. But things got ugly in a hurry from there.

    Pierce made a free throw, and Eric Williams scored on a layup to close out the quarter and start a 10-2 run. The Bulls tried to make a move, with Marcus Fizer dunking and Donyell Marshall converting on a three-point play.

    But Walter McCarty hit a 3, Walker made a jumper from the top of the key and then followed it with a 3 to give Boston a 39-25 lead with 6:51 to play.

    "It was great to be here and play well,'' Walker said. "Here I get to see my kids and my family.''

    And he certainly gave them a show. He finished out the second quarter with a pair of 3s, giving Boston a 53-34 lead at the half.

    "He really led the charge the first half,'' Pierce said. "He took control of the game with his passing and 3-pointers.''

    The Bulls had a chance to get back in the game in the third quarter, when Boston made only five field goals and went almost six minutes without a basket. But they couldn't take advantage, going 3-for-17 from the field.

    "The second quarter they just opened it up and it snowballed from there,'' Rose said. "We didn't do anything well. ... The bottom line is we've got to show up, be productive and get it done.''

    Game notes

    Boston set a United Center record with 33 3-point attempts. That broke the previous record of 31, set by the Celtics last April. ... Chicago's 69 points ties the team low under Cartwright. ... Battie's 14 rebounds were his first double-figure effort of the year. ... Bulls C Corie Blount sat out the game after pulling his left hamstring in practice Tuesday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 69
    FGM-FGA 34-91 (.374) 23-77 (.299)
    3PM-3PA 7-33 (.212) 1-14 (.071)
    FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 22-37 (.595)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-53 9-51
    Assists 21 16
    Turnovers 10 20
    Steals 9 3
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (3/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Tyson Chandler Chandler
    Points: 15
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1