Regular Season Series (Game 3 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 82

(4-11, 1-9 away)

Celtics 92

(10-4, 6-2 home)

    Coverage: WCIU

    7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2002

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 19 24 21 1882
    BOS 28 22 30 1292

    Top Performers

    Chi: D. Marshall 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

    Bos: P. Pierce 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk

    Pierce scores 30 in victory over Bulls

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics were determined to not let history repeat itself.

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Tony Battie had 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Celtics won their fourth straight with a 92-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

    "The Bulls can be one team one day, and another team the next,'' Pierce said. "We remember when they beat us here earlier this season and we wanted to make sure that we finished strong tonight.''

    Chicago's only road victory this season came on opening night in Boston on Oct. 30.

    Pierce, who also had nine rebounds and six assists, has led the way for Boston during its winning streak by averaging 29 points and 11 rebounds in that stretch. The Celtics have won 10 of 12.

    Jalen Rose scored 14 points on 6-for-17 shooting and had nine turnovers for the Bulls, who have lost nine straight on the road, and five in a row overall.

    "Our starting five has an average age of 22 or 23 years old, so we are going to be inconsistent,'' Rose said.

    Antoine Walker -- 0-of-8 in the first half -- scored 10 third-quarter points including a layup with 2:33 remaining to help the Celtics to their biggest lead at 77-57. Walker finished with 13 points.

    "We have so many weapons this year, I don't need to worry about my offense,'' Walker said. "We need to get contributions from different guys and as a team offensively we can play with anybody.''

    Fred Hoiberg's jumper at the top of the key pulled the Bulls to 85-76 with 3:40 remaining, but Tony Delk scored five of his 20 points for a 90-80 lead with 33 seconds left.

    Delk and Battie combined for 17 points as the Celtics jumped out to a 24-10 lead with 6:06 left in the first quarter. Boston connected on its first seven shots.

    The Celtics didn't make a field goal for the ensuing 8:29, until Shammond Williams ended the drought with an underhand scoop to give the Celtics a 33-25 lead. Boston was 3-for-21 from the field during a 12:42 span in the first half.

    "It was discouraging,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "I think they made their first six or seven shots and we were hopeful to make a stand early, but we didn't take care of the ball.''

    Rose is 16-for-49 from the field against Boston this season. Chicago's remaining four starters combined for only 11 points.

    Chicago has lost by an average of 12 points during its slump, and has dropped 11 of 13 overall.

    Jason Williams finished with only four points and three assists.

    Game notes

    It was the first time Walker went scoreless in a first half since his rookie season in 1997. ... Delk returned to the Boston lineup after missing one game for personal reasons. ... Eddie Robinson recorded his 500th NBA rebound in the first quarter for the Bulls. ... Boston added to its league-leading steals total with 15 against Chicago. ... Chicago is 0-5 on its six-game road trip which ends in Dallas on Saturday.

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