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Bulls Top Celtics in OT Thriller

Posted By Logan Williams On Jan 18 2013 @ 11:40 pm In Chicago Bulls | No Comments

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics Friday night 100-99 with the help of some clutch shooting from Kirk Hinrich who tied the game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and Marco Bellinelli who hit the game winning jumper with 3.1 seconds remaining. This was also a game where their bench was a big part in the win especially in overtime with the game-winner from Bellinelli and Jimmy Butler who had 6 of his 13 points in the overtime period and was 1 of 3 bench players with double figure scoring nights. The bench scoring was a big factor in this one point game as in this game the Bulls outscored the Celtics bench 36-25 which makes a big difference when a game comes down to one point. The bench production was a key for the Bulls and was nice to see them show up and produce which might give the bench players some confidence and mojo they need to be solid contributor’s night in and night out. Aside from the bench play, the Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer who had 19 points and 20 rebounds to post the first 19+ points and 20+ rebounds effort since Charles Oakley did it in 1988. Also having good nights were Richard Hamilton who had 20 points but a bad 7 turnovers and Joakim Noah who had 14 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

As a team the Bulls shot 48.0% (26-75) from the floor and 71.9% (23-22) from the foul line compared to the Celtics who shot a respectable 41.8% (38-91) from the floor and 71.4% (20-28) from the foul line. This was a tough win for the Bulls and they should feel lucky they pulled it out because of the fact they had 21 turnovers compared to only 11 by the Celtics. Usually when you turn the ball over ten more times than the other team you’re going to be hard-pressed to pull out a victory but the Bulls found a way with the clutch late-game shooting and not giving up. This is a Bulls team that is scrappy and will play defense and fight until the buzzer; The Bulls showed that tonight for a tough victory to help prove they are going to be a force to be reckoned with once Derrick Rose returns to the lineup and gives them one of the NBA’s best back at the healm and running things.

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