Hinrich, Bulls down Celtics
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich notched 26 points and seven
assists, as the Chicago Bulls downed the Boston Celtics, 94-78, at TD
Banknorth Garden for the finale of a four-game road trip.
Ben Gordon scored 21 points for the Bulls, who finished 3-1 on their trip and
are 13-20 on the road this season. Luol Deng scored 17 points, and Ben Wallace
added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Gerald Green scored 15 points for Boston, which split a four-game homestand
and is 8-23 at home this season. Rajon Rondo notched 12 points, eight assists
and seven boards, and Leon Powe added 11 points and seven boards.
Boston was missing starting guard Delonte West and reserve forward
Ryan Gomes. West is recovering from a mild concussion suffered in the third
quarter of the Celtics’ 111-80 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Gomes
sat out with a sore left foot.
Chicago gained an early advantage by scoring six straight points down the
first-quarter stretch sparked by a Chris Duhon trey with 4:09 to go, and led
24-17 heading into the second.
After Gordon’s jumper 33 seconds into the second stanza, Boston got going on
an 8-2 spurt finished by a pair of dunks by Powe and Rondo for a three-point
deficit, 28-25, with 8:54 remaining.
Just as the Celtics acquired a 34-31 advantage on Allan Ray’s layup, Chicago
regained control on a 9-0 run capped by a Hinrich jumper about five minutes
later and led 48-41 at halftime.
Boston opened the second half on a 14-7 run and Green’s layup midway through
the third knotted the score at 55. The Bulls regained a slight advantage down
the stretch for a 66-63 lead heading into the fourth.
Chicago put the game away early in the final stanza on an 11-0 burst
highlighted by three Deng field goals, for an 82-69 lead heading down the
The game was the first of a home-and-home set. Chicago will host the Celtics
on Tuesday night at the United Center…This was the second of three meetings
between the clubs this season. On December 4th, Andres Nocioni had 20 points
and seven rebounds to lead the Bulls over Boston, 100-82, at the United
Center…Chicago has won four straight and five of its last six at Boston. The
Bulls have captured seven in a row in the series.