3:33 Bulls 83-77: Vinny Del Negro just called a timeout to break up a Celtics flurry. Nate Robinson pulled up for a corner 3 and Ray Allen drove baseline for a flush, cutting the Bulls lead to 6.
At times, putting Nate Robinson in the game is like running into a mushroom on Super Mario.
6:00 Bulls 81-72:The Bulls are playing like a team that needs to win. Derrick Rose has run his total up to 29 points, drilling a 16 footer to give Chicago its largest lead of the night.
Doc Rivers seems to have sat Kevin Garnett for good, taking him out with 3:53 left in the third after 22 minutes on the floor and never putting him back in. Kevin Garnett just re-entered the game.
Rasheed Wallace just scored two … in the wrong basket, giving ammunition to those piling on.
11:14 Bulls 71-68: The Celtics are in a fight in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose just fired a dart from just inside the 3-point line to give him 24 for the night.
Glen Davis caught Derrick Rose like a line drive. A line drive that does a scissor kick at the end.
5:52 Celtics 57-52:Paul Pierce is able to get into a rhythm after going out with two early fouls in the first half. He’s abusing Luol Deng. Twelve of his 20 points have come in the third quarter. He’s 6 of 7 coming out of the locker rooms. Deng’s a crash test dummy at this point.
KG cut his eye in the first quarter, taking three stitches.
3:14, Bulls 37-29: Chicago has all the momentum right now. Kirk Hinrich has a game-high 15 (10 in this quarter) and Derrick Rose just drilled a 21 footer to give the Bulls their largest lead of the night. The Celtics are 4 of 17 in the quarter so far and haven’t scored since Nate Robinson’s 12-footer with 7:24 left.
The Bulls have some issues going on (http://bit.ly/aNKjba) but it doesn’t seem to matter at the moment.
5:37 Tie 29-29: The Bulls rush back, using rebounds (23) and a couple Celtics turnovers (3). Rose caught a pass that Daniels was trying to save, sprinted the other way and got up for a gorgeous two-hand windmill with this year’s dunk contest winner chasing him down.
Fan on Rose’s windmill: “That could have won the dunk contest this year.”
9:21 Celtics 27-19:The Celtics started the second quarter with a 7-2 burst, Marquis Daniels has 5 points, two rebounds, and two assists in 11 minutes.
End of quarter, Celtics 20-17:Derrick Rose (8 points) is the Bulls primary source of offense, otherwise they’re 3 of 17. Paul Pierce only played four minutes and Kevin Garnett missed four of his five shots in eight minutes. Ray Allen has a team high 6.
Rock fight! Cs shooting 35.3, Bulls 27.8
5:58 Bulls 11-10: A couple of buckets from Derrick Rose puts the Bulls up and with Pierce out, Doc Rivers has to go to Marquis Daniels, who will have to carry an extra load with Pierce in foul trouble and Tony Allen out sick.
Paul Pierce picked up second foul at the 7:39 mark and will sit early
8:33 10-4 Celtics:Rivers said the second it looked like the starters weren’t playing hard he’d sit them, right now they’ve got 8 of Boston’s first 10.
Pregame: The Bulls are trying to secure a playoff spot. The Celtics can still do everything in their power to grab the third seed.