Final: Celtics 101-95: The Celtics finish off an impressive effort with some stellar late-game execution. Kevin Garnett dunks a Rajon Rondo alley-oop with 41.9 left and then after two missed free throws by Taj Gibson, Brandon Bass streaks for an open dunk and the Celtics are over .500 (4-3) for the first time this season. Rondo finishes with 20 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 49.5, Celtics 95-93:A game the Celtics have never trailed they could very well lose if they don’t make another play. Luol Deng missed two free throws but Taj Gibson grabbed the offense rebound and flipped it back to Deng for a layup. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 4:30, Celtics 89-84: The Bulls are making a furious run as the Celtics missed 10 of their first 12 shots of the quarter. The main culprit is Kevin Garnett, who is 1 of 5 in the quarter, missing several open shots. The Bulls bench has spurred the rally but starter Joakim Noah has been the most productive with 7 points in the quarter.
Fourth quarter, 8:47, Celtics 87-81: The Bulls are on a 7-0 run as they keep charging at the Celtics, Joakim Noah scored 5 straight points and Luol Deng just scored a basket and was fouled. The Celtics have played plenty well enough to win but need to make a few more plans to seal this one. Kevin Garnett should be rested. He’s played just 21 minutes.
End of third quarter, Celtics 82-70: Jared Sullinger ends the quarter with his first NBA 3-pointer as the Celtics allowed the Bulls to cut the lead to 8. Rajon Rondo needs four assists in the final quarter to extend his streak to 31 games with at least 10. He has 20 points. Luol Deng has 17 for Chicago.
Third quarter, 2:59, Celtics 76-62: The Celtics have withstood Chicago runs with fluid offense of their own, Rajon Rondo has burned former teammates Nate Robinson, scoring 20 points with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Bass had been a big spark with 14 points. Kevin Garnett is getting plenty of rest, having played just 18 minutes so far.
Third quarter, 5:53, Celtics 70-59: The Celtics have led by as many as 14 points but the Bulls stay within striking distance with offensive rebounding. Ten of their points have been scored by second chance. Luol Deng has 15 points and Carlos Boozer 14. Nate Robinson just canned a 3-pointer, his first of the game. Rajon Rondo has 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Halftime, Celtics 58-46: The Celtics end the first half with a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer from Jason Terry, who has 5 points. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce lead the Celtics with 10 points each as they are shooting a blistering 59.2 percent. The Bulls are rabid on the boards and have a combined 23 points from Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng.
Second quarter, 2:05, Celtics 51-44: The Celtics keep making runs, and then the Bulls make runs to get back into the game. Boston led by as many as 13 after a 10-0 run but the Bulls have responded thanks to offensive rebounding. Jimmy Butler has 4 points off the bench.
Second quarter, 5:52, Celtics 41-38: The Bulls are hanging in there and the Celtics only hold a 3-point lead despite shooting 60 percent (18 for 30). The bench has come to play tonight with 14 points, including two buckets from Leandro Barbosa. Marco Bellinelli has 5 for Chicago.
Second quarter, 8:52, Celtics 37-30: The Celtics bench are trying to extend the lead and Courtney Lee, who went scoreless Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, already has 4 points while Jeff Green has added 4. The Bulls are shooting 46.2 percent and Luol Deng has 7 points.
End of first quarter, Celtics 33-27: The defense slipped as the Bulls scored 17 points in the final six minutes of the quarter to make the game close. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo each have 8 points. Carlos Boozer has 10 for Chicago.
First quarter, 2:48, Celtics 25-18: The Bulls go on a 6-0 run behind Carlos Boozer, who is being active offensively tonight. And when he missed a free throw, Joakim Noah rebounded it and scored a putback. Paul Pierce has been aggressive also with 8 points while Chris Wilcox has picked up two early fouls in four minutes.
First quarter, 4:56, Celtics 21-10: The offense that was present in the second half against Milwaukee has returned through the first 6:43. The Celtics are shooting 66.7 percent from the field and the ball is moving crisply. Kevun Garnett has 7 points and Rajon Rondo 6.
First quarter, 7:51, Celtics 11-8: The Celtics are off to a good start against the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, especially Kevin Garnett, who already has 7 points against counterpart Joakim Noah, The Bulls have hit four of their first six shots but three makes have been contested jumpers.
Pregame: The Celtics look to get over .500 tonight with a win over the shorthanded Bulls.