Rookie guard Derrick Rose led the way for the Bulls over the Celtics, scoring 36 points and adding 11 assists.
The Celtics are in for a bloody death and it's just a matter of who plays the executioner. It could be Cleveland or it could be Orlando. But Chicago?
Ray Allen drained a three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to give the Celtics the win in Game 2 at the Garden. Allen bounced back from a horrid Game 1 with 30 points.
The perfect Boston sports day ended in perfect fashion when Ray Allen came off a pick, took a pass from Rajon Rondo, and swished a 25-foot trey with two seconds remaining to give the Celtics a stayin'-alive victory over the fearless Bulls.
Stephon Marbury (left) and Paul Pierce are good humor men -- for a good reason -- as they relax in the fourth quarter of a Game 3 romp over the Bulls. The Celtics sent a definitive message with a 107-86 victory, moving to a 2-1 series lead.
With a needed A-plus offensive performance in last night's romp in Chicago, a confident Paul Pierce (24 points) was the key to Boston's 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.
The Celtics went from Game 3 efficiency experts to fumbling away chance after late-game chance in a 121-118 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Windy City is great place to be this time of year. But as cool as Chitown may be in the spring, the Celtics are now kicking themselves since they'd rather come back in their free time rather than being forced to return.
Celtics 106, Bulls 104
Paul Pierce connected on three jumpers in the final 77 seconds, the clinching score with 3.4 seconds remaining, in a 106-104 overtime win as the Celtics took a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series going into Chicago.
Throw out that aberrational thing last Thursday and we've had four dazzling, exhausting, and draining exhibitions of NBA greatness in what may have begun as a relatively innocuous 2-7 matchup but has turned into instant history.
In their first triple-overtime game in the playoffs in 33 years, the Celtics fell to the Bulls, 128-127, and extended their first-round playoff series to a climactic Game 7 in Boston.
And so after 24 regulation quarters, 7 overtimes, 106 lead changes, 65 ties, and more stitches than the Stanley Cup playoffs, we are going where this thing has been headed all along.
No overtime. No problem. The most closely contested and longest playoff series in NBA history concluded as the Celtics closed out the Chicago Bulls at the Garden.
There's Game 7 magic in those parquet panel floorboards. Beating the Celtics in a Game 7 in the Garden is like beating a Kennedy in a Massachusetts election.