The Celtics cruise to another easy win as five players scor in double figures and they shoot an eye-popping 58 percent from the field for a 3-0 record. Paul Pierce scored 20 of his 22 points in the third quarter while Kevin Garnett pitched in 16 points and four rebounds, Ray Allen added 20 points while Eddie House tallied a season-high 22 off the bench.
ALLEN SURPASSES STOCKTON Ray Allen scored 20 points Friday moving him to 33rd on the all-time scoring list with 19,715 points. Stockton, the Hall of Famer, has 19,711. It could take Allen about 15 games to reach the 20,000-point plateau.
‘3:58 left, C’s 106, BULLS 81 Order has been restored because of the rebounding of Shelden Williams and some strong shooting from Eddie House. House has 17 off the bench while Williams has eight points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes.
BULLS ON 20-9 RUN
Chicago was attempting to make it respectable with a 20-9 run to cut Boston’s lead to 90-71 but Eddie House countered with a 3-pointer and the C’s lead by 22. Boston coach Doc Rivers really would prefer not to put the starters back in so it will be up to the second unit to hold the large lead.
END OF THIRD, C’s 88, BULLS 61
Paul Pierce put on a perfect performance in the third quarter (say that three times). The Boston guard finished with 20 points in the period on 7-for-7 shooting and has a game-high 22 as the Celtics get a chance to cruise for another fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett has 16 points four rebounds and two assists while Ray Alled has 20 points.
Rajon Rondo has 15 assists, two short of his career high and he is starting the fourth quarter and has added No. 16. Joakim Noah leads Chicago with 14 points while Luol Deng has added four meaningless points.
46.1 left in third, C’S 85, BULLS 59
Rajon Rondo has 14 assists in just 25 minutes and his career high is 17. The question is whether Doc Rivers will leave Rondo in the game long enough to reach his career high. Ray Allen has 20 points, Paul Pierce 19 and Kevin Garnett 16. The question is whether Rivers will allow the Big Three to play in the fourth quarter.
6:50 left in third, C’S 72, BULLS 45
The bench did the work in the first half and the starters have taken care of matters in the third quarter. Paul Pierce, eerily quiet in the first 14 minutes, has 12 points in the first 5:10 of the third while Ray Allen has added eight as the Celtics have turned this one into a yawner — again. Chicago is shooting just 33 percent and has gotten nothing from Luol Deng. Celtic nemesis Joakim Noah has 12 points and six boards in 20 hard-working minutes, but nothing else for the Bulls.
It’s party time at TD Garden, so much so that an 8-year-old boy has stole the show with some smooth dance moves during the time out. OK back to action.
HALFTIME, C’s 50, BULLS 35
‘The Celtics outscored Chicago 29-18 in the secodn quarter and are in total control through 24 minutes. The second unit overwhelmed the Bulls’ second team and have produced 19 of the 50 points. Eddie House, who is allowed the roam around the 3-point line with Marquis Daniels playing point guard, has seven points along with Daniels.
Kevin Garnett has eight points and three rebounds in 13 minutes while Kendrick Perkins has been limited because of foul trouble. The Celtics have scored 50 first-half points on a night where Paul Pierce has just one field goal. Chicago has little depth and hardly resemble the team that pushed Boston to seven games in last spring’s first round
John Salmons has eight points on 2-for-11 shooting. Derrick Rose looks a step slow because of his sprained ankle while Luol Deng has gone scoreless in nine first-half minutes with three fouls.
C’s CRUSING: 48-32 with 2:50 LEFT IN HALF
Ray Allen has 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting and the second unit continues to dominate for a 16-point lead. Kevin Garnett has eight points and two rebounds in 11 minutes while Paul Pierce has six rebounds in 16 minutes. The Boston defense has forced eight turnovers and the TD Garden fans have, of course, jumped on Joakim Noah, who has already drawn a technical.
HOUSE ON FIRE, CELTICS 40-28
During a 16-5 run that allowed the Celtics some breathing room, Eddie House has scored seven points while Ray Allen added four as Boston is holding the Bulls to 30 percent shooting for a 12-point lead. The Bench has scored 19 of the 40 points while Kevin Garnett (two fouls) gets valuable rest.
CELTICS PULLING AWAY, 32-21 Doc Rivers allowed the second unit to play extensive minutes and it’s paying off. An 11-2 run has turned this into a eight-point lead. Marquis Daniels leads Boston with seven points. The bench has scored 14 of the 32 points.
END OF FIRST, CELTICS 21, BULLS 17 Rasheed Wallace ended the quarter with a 3-pointer for a four-point lead but this looks to be a very difficult game for Boston. The Celtics are shooting 47 percent and winning the rebounding edge 13-12 but yet lead by just four. The Bulls have missed 15 of 20 shots and eventually they will warm up, so this could be a tough game down the stretch.
FIRST QUARTER, 2:31, Celtics 16, Bulls 13
Boston has begun hitting seven of its first 15 shots while the Bulls have hit 3 of 15 but Chicago is staying close because of 10 free-throw attempts. The C’s are 2-for-5. Rajon Rondo could be making a statement to Danny Ainge. He already has five assists in seven made Boston baskets with two rebounds.
Derrick Rose has four points, no assists and one foul in eight minutes.
CELTICS HAVING TROUBLE
It looks as if it won’t be an easy night for the C’s. They lead just 15-12 with 4:26 left in the first quarter. Kevin Garnett has six points for Boston while Kendrick Perkins has five. Three players for Chicago have four points.