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Boston - Coming off a season-high 32 points in a losing effort against Washington, Derrick Rose's double-double against the Celtics was enough to put them away in the second half in an 119-103 win over the Celtics
Rose scored 29 points (5-of-8 from 3) and dished out 10 assists in a Bulls' victory last night at TD Garden. He scored 20 of his 29-points in the second half in one of his best performances of the season. Pau Gasol scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter and finished with 11 rebounds.
"Derrick was great on both sides of the ball, and that was huge for us," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "What you're seeing is Derrick is getting stronger and stronger, he's gaining more confidence, and he's getting that edge back."The Celtics had a three-point lead at halftime but were outscored 33-28 in the third quarter. The Bulls did a good job forcing turnovers, and then started the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run to go up by as much as 14.
Jared Sullinger led five-Celtics players in double-figures with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Brandon Bass chipped in 16 points and Kelly Olynyk scored 14, and grabbed 9 rebounds in the team's second straight loss.
"We weren't as tight as we need to be against that level of talent," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game. "We were loose in our coverages and a little loose on the ball and it hurt us."Despite the C's shooting 60-percent (making 24-of-40 sots) in the first half, they settled for long jumpers in the second, bringing their percentage down to 49.4 for the game. Boston stop moving the ball, especially in the fourth quarter as the Bulls out-scored them 31-17. Chicago also shot 13-of-25 from beyond the arc (52-percent) for the night.
Celtics now 13-25, will start their six-game road trip on Monday afternoon for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day game at Los Angeles against old friend Doc Rivers and the Clippers. The game starts at 3:30 PM.
Boston's 13 turnovers turned into 21 Bulls' points. Chicago out-scored the Celtics 64-45 in the second half. The home team won the free-throw battle, even though they only went a total of 16-times, making 14-freebies to the visitor's 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
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