Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Thomas’ big game leads Bulls past Boston

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Tyrus Thomas had his NBA coming-out party with
23 points and nine rebounds, while Luol Deng and Ben Wallace added 19 points
apiece in Chicago’s 95-87 victory over the Boston Celtics at the United
Center.

“I was just focused on playing hard,” said Thomas. “I can move around a little
bit so it helps. Every game you play you are going to get a little better.”

Wallace added to his season high point total with 16 rebounds, four assists
and three blocks. Kirk Hinrich notched 15 points with six boards and six
assists, and Ben Gordon contributed 11 points in the victory, Chicago’s third
straight overall and its eighth in a row over Boston.

The Bulls swept a home-and-home after downing the Celtics, 94-78, at TD
Banknorth Garden on Sunday.

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 24 points, and Delonte West and Al Jefferson
contributed 19 points apiece for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight
and three of four.

In a microcosm of the Celtics’ season, the team wearing green came out on top
Tuesday night — and it wasn’t Boston. Chicago wore green uniforms in
celebration of St. Patrick’s Day then went out and completed a season series
sweep.

The Bulls went on an 8-0 spurt late in the third quarter, taking a 68-62 lead
on Thomas’ free throw with 2:54 on the clock. Thomas capped the quarter with
an alley-oop slam to post the Bulls to a 75-69 edge.

The Celtics pulled within five points on multiple occasions in the final 12
minutes, for the last time at 92-87 with 28 seconds left. Deng then drained
one free throw, and Pierce’s three-pointer went halfway down and spun out to
end any hope of a comeback.

Boston led 29-26 after one stanza, but saw the Bulls score the initial eight
points of the second period to grab a 34-29 lead. P.J. Brown finished the
stretch with a pair from the charity stripe.

Chicago held a 50-47 lead at the break.

Game Notes

Chicago improved to 25-8 at home this season…Boston dropped to 10-22 away
from home…The Bulls, a perimeter-oriented team, attempted just two three-
pointers. Meanwhile, Boston shot 6-of-20 from beyond the arc…The Bulls
finished with a 46-32 edge on the backboards…The game featured seven ties
and 16 lead changes…Attendance was 22,396.

BOS CHI