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Walker paves the way; Bulls struggle from floor

11/7/2002

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

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.