Bulls 91, Celtics 95 — FINAL
BOSTON — The Bulls were without Derrick Rose Sunday and the effects were felt on the court, however the Bulls nearly pulled out a victory in Boston before ultimately losing 95-91 to end their nine game road trip.
Rose’s absence was felt more so on defense then it was on offense as Rajon Rondo threw down a triple-double to power the Celtics pat Chicago. Rondo used the safety net of not having to play against Rose to boost his confidence and whether or not you use Rose as an excuse today, Rondo and the Celtics had a huge lead for a majority of the game.
But the Bulls still managed to make it close, even without the MVP. But they made critical mistakes late in the game that cost them. Carlos Boozer recorded a steal but failed to look down court to a wide open C.J. Watson and instead burned the Bulls final timeout with around 30 seconds left.
Speaking of Watson, with the game on the line, he threw up a very low percentage shot when the Bulls needed a three to tie the game. To add to the embarrassing Derrick Rose impression of a shot, Watson only had one foot on the three point arch, rendering the shot meaningless in terms of tying the game.
“We just looked a little sluggish, came out a little slow,” Watson said.
Chicago shot just 34 percent Sunday, a mark no one is proud of given the accuracy of the Celtics. Boston was coming off two brutal games and showed up with something to prove.
“I knew they’d come out like that, coming off their last two games,” Head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They were very aggressive. I thought they got some very easy baskets early, which gave them confidence.”
Rajon Rondo will be the talk of the town for the next day after his triple-double performance. Rondo seemed to glide through the Bulls defense looking like Rose on certain drives. Cries from some over-zealous Celtics fans that he’s the best point guard in the league are a bit far fetched but there is no denying Rondo brought it to the hardwood today, infecting his teammates with winning swagger.
“We got out-competed,” Joakim Noah said.