Thursday, September 20, 2012

ESF - Bulls (0-1) @ Celtics (1-0) - Game 2

The shooting efficiency that kept the Bulls in striking distance for Game 1 didn't stick around for Game 2, as Chicago missed too many shots to stay close against the fiery Celtics, whose shooting fared better but lacked the magic from Game 1.

Less than magnificent shooting aside, the Bulls stayed on Boston's heels in the 3rd quarter, tying the game after trailing through the first half. But turnovers and those same missed shots saw Boston's lead climb back up to 10 as the Garden went wild, courtesy of Kevin Martin (21 points) and Paul Pierce (17 points).

Rajon Rondo made some dazzling plays as well (16 points, 8 assists), along with Kevin Garnett (14 points, before resting in the 4th), Josh Howard (15 points) and big man Roy Hibbert (10 points, 7 rebounds).

Chicago's energy level noticeably dropped. Did they put all their eggs into one basket, i.e. Game 1? Derrick Rose might've powered his team with 33 points and 9 assists, but Carlos Boozer had an off night after a huge showing in Game 1, along with Rip Hamilton (only 9 points).

While Luol Deng played well again (23 points), and Joakim Noah found his spots on the boards (21 rebounds, 18 points), Chicago heads home to the Windy City with a 0-2 deficit poking at their horns, courtesy of the seemingly impervious Boston Celtics.

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