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Celtics vs. Bulls: Chicago runs through Boston, 100-89, in blowout

The Boston Celtics continued their rough road trip, losing to the Chicago Bulls, 100-89, Tuesday from United Center in Chicago, IL.

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Bulls 100, Celtics 89: Boston blown out again

Rajon Rondo had 26 points and eight assists as the Boston Celtics were blown out by the Chicago Bulls, 100-89, on Tuesday night from United Center in Chicago, IL.

The Celtics opened up the second half by attacking the hoop, not settling for jumpers and getting in Chicago's lanes on the defensive end.

That all changed toward the end of the third quarter, when Boston was unable to cut a Bulls lead under three.

Boston used a 6-0 run to open the second half, as they cut the lead to three before Chicago and Carlos Boozer's quick four points assisted in pushing the lead back to eight. It would be a free throw shootout over the next three minutes of the contest, with both teams combining for 10 attempts over that span while they simply traded buckets. The Celtics would cut the lead down to three yet again, as Rondo scored 10 points to push Boston back into the contest.

Rondo exited at the 3:40 mark, sitting until less than a minute remained in the third as the Boston offense remained scoreless in his absence. When he returned, Rondo got to the line with just over a second left in the quarter to cut Chicago's lead to 79-70 entering the fourth.

As Nate Robinson connected on back-to-back three pointers, the Celtics struggled to find any offensive rhythm, connecting on only one shot over the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter while the Bulls continued to pour it on. Robinson had 12 points in the final frame and the Bulls ran past the Celtics, who had two days of rest before playing in Chicago.

Joakim Noah got his second career triple-double for the Bulls, recording 13 rebounds, 11 points and 10 assists in the blowout win. The Boston bench combined for 16 points, with most of those coming in garbage time.

It was Boston's third-straight loss on what has been a terrible road trip, losing all three games in the 80's while their opponent scored 100 or more points.

The Celtics will travel back home Wednesday, where they will look to get back on track against Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers from TD Garden at 7:30 pm ET.

FINAL 12.18.12 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 23 25 22 19 89
Chicago Bulls 28 27 24 21 100

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Bulls 55, Celtics 48: Boston struggling at half

Rajon Rondo has 13 points and five assists as the Boston Celtics trail the Chicago Bulls, 55-48, at the half on Tuesday night from United Center in Chicago, IL.

After suffering back-to-back beat downs in Texas, the Celtics had a road weary Bulls team to look forward to on the second night of a back-to-back.

Boston was in for a surprise, though, allowing Chicago to score 18 points in the paint and Luol Deng to notch 14 points all in the first quarter as the Bulls ran up and down the court on the veteran Celtics.

The trend would continue into the second as the Celtics struggled to find their footing, allowing the Bulls to score 27 in the second as Chicago extended their lead.

Joakim Noah assisted on Chicago's first four makes as the Bulls worked the ball around Boston's sluggish defense. The Celtics remain slow on rotations and small on the boards, especially when Kevin Garnett is off the floor. The Bulls held an 8-2 free throw advantage after one, as Chicago led 28-23.

The second quarter was much of the same, as former-Boston defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau used his stiffing sets to force Celtics misses on three of their first four shots, including consecutive steals as the Bulls pushed their lead. Brandon Bass began to find his rhythm after starting 0-5 on the night, to score five points and grab six boards to keep the Celtics close.

Noah is flirting with a triple-double at the half, scoring seven points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists for the Bulls. Garnett had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half for the Celtics.

Chicago shot 53 percent from the field, while Boston connected on 41 percent of their attempts.

For more Boston Celtics coverage, check out our team blog, Celtics Blog.


Celtics head to Chicago to finish road trip

The Boston Celtics looked tired and lost the first two games on their road trip by double digits, but will try to rebound after a few days of rest against a Chicago Bulls squad that's staying relevant without Derrick Rose thanks to tight defense.

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