The Chicago Bulls got a balanced effort, led by Joakim Noah’s near triple double (17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists) to defeat the Boston Celtics 94-82 Thursday night.
Five other Bulls players scored in double figures – Carlos Boozer (16), Luol Deng (14), Taj Gibson (12) Mike Dunleavy (11) and Jimmy Butler (10).
Jordan Crawford led scorer, scoring 22 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing three rebounds for the Celtics. Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were the only other Celtics in double figures, scoring 11 points apiece.
With the way these teams defended (or just played really poor offensively), it looked like some of their old playoff battles. The Celtics shot just 39.5% (32-of-81) from the field (keep in my Crawford went seven-of-11, that’s how bad the rest of the Celtics were) and 16.7% (two-of-12) from beyond the arc. They also missed seven of their 23 free throw attempts. The Bulls shot just 41.7% (35-of-84) from the field and went two-of-15 from three (13.3%), but they hit 22 of their 28 free throws.
The Bulls are now 13-18 while the Celtics are 13-19.