After playing two close games with the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics finally brought their “A” game.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points in 27 minutes to help the Celtics to a big first half that helped them to an easy 107-86 win over the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago. The win for Celtics gives them a 2-1 advantage in their best-of-7 series.
Rajon Rondo showed no ill effects from the ankle injury as he had 20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Game 2 hero Ray Allen had 18 points while Glen “Big Baby” Davis had a monster game as well with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals and 3 blocks. Stephon Marbury came off the bench to add 13 points and 5 assists.
The Bulls were led by Ben Gordon who had 15 points and John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich who had 14 points each. NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose was held to 9 points.
Rondo was carried off the court at the end of the game by Bill Walker but is fine. Rondo said after the game that his feet were hurting so he got a lift off the court.
The two teams are back in action on Sunday in Game 4 at the United Center at 1 PM.