Sweetney, Duhon lead Bulls’ rout of Celtics
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Mike Sweetney scored 24 points and grabbed
seven rebounds as Chicago pounded Boston, 118-86, at the United Center.
Chris Duhon went 6-of-7 from three-point range and scored 22 points for the
Bulls, who have won two of their last three games.
Duhon also added eight assists while Andres Nocioni and Darius Songaila each
chipped in 16 points for Chicago, which put an end to a four-game home losing
streak. The Bulls picked up a home win for the first time since November 29
when they defeated Orlando.
Ricky Davis had 21 points, eight boards and six assists, while Paul Pierce
netted 20 points for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight games.
Chicago led 30-21 after one quarter and held a 51-42 halftime edge before
blowing the game open in the third quarter.
Kirk Hinrich stretched the lead to 62-44 points early in the frame before the
Bulls continued to increase the margin. Sweetney’s jumper with 5:08 left in
the third made it a 22-point game and Chicago eventually led 90-63 after 36
The Bulls led by as many as 34 points in the fourth.
Chicago hit 60 percent of its shots for the game, including a blistering 14-
of-17 on three-point tries, while the Celtics made just 38 percent of their
field goals and were a dismal 4-of-15 from behind the arc.
Pierce has scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games…Chicago has won
three straight meetings…Boston is 2-8 on the road this season…Boston
guards Delonte West (concussion) and Dan Dickau (leg) both left the game.