Celtics go down (FINAL: Bulls 105, Celtics 103 (OT)
This was unexpected.
Ray Allen missed a jumper at the buzzer as the Celtics fell to the Chicago Bulls, 105-103 (OT), in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 36 points, while Allen had a dismal afternoon. He finished with four points.
Bye bye Baby (32 seconds overtime, Bulls 105-103)
Glen Davis has fouled out of the game for the Celtics.
Game reset (1:03 overtime, Tied at 103)
Here's where we stand. Chicago ball. Derrick Rose leads all scorers with 36 points. Rajon Rondo has 29 for the Celtics.
Pierce ties it (1:35 overtime, Tied at 103)
No one budging here.
Five for Thomas (3:53 overtime, Tied at 99)
Tyrus Thomas joins Glen Davis with five fouls.
Overtime! (END REGULATION, Tied at 97)
Paul Pierce was fouled by Joakim Noah with 2.7 seconds left, but Pierce missed the second free throw. A desperate heave by the Bulls was no good. We're going to OT.
Crazy sequence (9.4 seconds, fourth quarter, Bulls 97-96)
Lots going on, result is Derrick Rose got to the line after a foul on Rajon Rondo. Rose sinks both. Bulls lead.
Bucket (22.1 seconds, fourth quarter, Celtics 96-95)
Offensive rebound for Rajon Rondo, who then dribbled through the lane and put up a floater over Joakim Noah.
Too easy (31.1 seconds, fourth quarter, Bulls 95-94)
Derrick Rose just drove right down the lane for a lay-up that came much too easily. Rose leads all scorers with 34 points.
Free throws (37.4 seconds, fourth quarter, Celtics 94-93)
Paul Pierce makes two. Celtics have the lead.
Gordon again (1:08 fourth quarter, Bulls 93-90)
Ben Gordon knocks down a jumper.
Bad turn (1:41 fourth quarter, Bulls 91-88)
Kirk Hinrich strips Paul Pierce on one end, Tyrus Thomas floats one in at the other.
Etc. (2:25 fourth quarter, Celtics 87-86)
KG was not on the bench in the second half for the Celtics. And the white rally towels like kind of neat when waved by fans in green shirts.
UConn'd (2:25 fourth quarter, Celtics 87-86)
Ray Allen missed a three on one end, and former UConn star Ben Gordon nailed a long two at the other end to bring the Bulls within one. Miserable day for Allen. He's 1 for 10.
Rondo'd (3:25 fourth quarter, Celtics 85-84)
Rajon Rondo scooped it around Derrick Rose, and Paul Pierce got a lay-up on the next possesion as the Celtics erased a five-point deficit to take the lead here late. Stay tuned.
Timeout (5:58 fourth quarter, Bulls 80-79)
Joakim Noah has 10 points and 14 rebounds. You can bet that has been a point of contention in the huddle this afternoon.
Baby has five (7:48 fourth quarter, Tied at 75)
Glen Davis just picked up his fifth personal foul going for a loose ball. Twice now Davis has knocked down Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich while going for a ball, and twice Davis has been called for the foul as Hinrich flopped to the floor. Davis is going to knock down the spindly guard every single time on that play no matter what he tries to do.
Open House (8:43 fourth quarter, Tied at 75)
The Celtics turned a fast break into an open three-pointer for Eddie House. Tie ballgame.
During the timeout, Doc Rivers walked over to each of the three officials to plead his case about a non-call on the previous play. Derrick Rose appeared to travel for the Bulls, coming down on one foot, then the other, on a failed jump stop.
Baby's back (10:10 fourth quarter, Bulls 73-72)
Glen Davis just checked back into the game for Kendrick Perkins. Davis has to be careful with those four fouls.
All the way back (END third quarter, Celtics 72-71)
The Celtics erased a nine-point halftime deficit and have taken the lead heading into the final frame. The crowd, lifeless for much of the afternoon, has woken up.
Paul Pierce had 8 points in the quarter, Rajon Rondo had 9 points, and Glen Davis had 7 points. Derrick Rose had 12 points in the third to lead the Bulls.
The lead (3:52 third quarter, Celtics 68-67)
He was forced to shoot it, but Rajon Rondo just gave the Celtics the lead on a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down.
Whatdya say, Ray? (5:05 third quarter, Bulls 67-64)
Ray Allen has been struggling all afternoon on offense, but he stepped in and took a heady charge on Derrick Rose as Rose caught the ball in the frontcourt.
Perk gets lucky (5:37 third quarter, Bulls 67-62)
Kendrick Perkins threw up an awkward jumper just before the shot clock expired to keep the offense rolling here in the third quarter. Perkins was unaware of the clock (he was facing away from the basket) until the crowd urged him to shoot.
Holy offense (7:14 third quarter, Bulls 63-60)
Derrick Rose has 8 points this quarter and is single-handedly keeping his team in front.
Pierce heating up (10:05 third quarter, Bulls 55-51)
Paul Pierce came off a screen and nailed a three-pointer to pull the Celtics within four. Pierce has more points in the first two minutes of the third quarter than he did in the first half.
Basket reviewed (Halftime)
The officials reviewed Brad Miller's basket just before halftime and determined that it was good. Score stands at 53-44.
Celtics trail at the break (END second quarter, Bulls 53-44)
Is it a matter of hustle? Joakim Noah lacks discernable offensive skills, but he's been everywhere for the Bulls in the first half in picking up 10 points and 8 rebounds. Derrick Rose, who we know is a stud, is leading the Bulls with 13 points.
Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have combined for 8 points, and that's troubling. Despite all his hard work, Glen Davis (6 points and 2 rebounds) doesn't have much to show for it. Still a very winnable game for Boston, but not a great start. The crowd booed as the Celtics ran off the court.
Timeout (2:54 second quarter, Bulls 46-40)
Without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics need the Big Two of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to carry the load. Pierce (4 points) has only taken four shots from the floor, while Allen just made his first shot in six attempts. It's not good when Kendrick Perkins is your second-leading scorer with 8 points.
Oh no (4:50 second quarter, Bulls 44-38)
Ray Allen has missed all five shots from the floor.
Tough for TA (7:12 second quarter, Tied at 36)
Tony Allen just blew past his defender off the dribble and pulled up for a wide-open jumper that clanged off the back of the rim. The crowd groaned. A fan behind me yelled, "Swallow that, Tony." Such is the situation for Tony Allen. One miss can have him on the bench despite the fact that he made a good move and there was no one within five feet of him when he took the shot.
In other news, a fan just hit a halfcourt shot during the timeout, and all he won was a flipping telephone. Ridiculous.
Steph relishing role (10:53 second quarter, Celtics 31-30)
It was a little thing. A tiny fist pump. But Stephon Marbury was visibly pleased with himself after passing up a jumper and driving the lane to find a better shot for Leon Powe. Powe was fouled on his way to the hole.
One down (END first quarter, Tied at 28)
The first quarter of Game 1 is over, and the Celtics have not yet won the championship, nor have they been eliminated. Guess it's still too early to judge this team.
Rajon Rondo has been getting to the rim whenever he wants. The speedy point guard leads all scorers with 12 points. Chicago's back-line defense has been nonexistent since Tyrus Thomas went to the bench with two fouls. The Bulls backcourt has been a force on offense, with Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose both chipping in with 7 points.
Watching KG (2:33 first quarter, Celtics 20-19)
Kevin Garnett, dressed in a gray suit, was just ripping into Glen Davis on the bench during that last timeout. Leon Powe has checked into the game for Davis, but before he did, Garnett was giving it to Powe, too. KG's definitely trying to fire up the bigs.
Rondoooo (2:50 first quarter, Celtics 20-19)
Rajon Rondo is getting to the hole at will. He's got 8 points, all from in close, and has missed only one shot.
Nice little run (5:46 first quarter, Celtics 12-11)
Rajon Rondo did his now infamous fake-behind-the-back move for a layup, and Kendrick Perkins grabbed a Ray Allen miss and put it back to give the Celtics their first lead.
Two for Thomas (6:56 first quarter, Bulls 11-6)
Tyrus Thomas is going to attempt to block every shot, and the Celtics are exploiting that early. Ray Allen had a shot swatted on the previous possession, but Paul Pierce took it right at Thomas to draw the second foul on the former LSU big man.
Crowd restless (8:27 first quarter, Bulls 9-6)
Chicago has made three of their first four shots from the field. Meanwhile, three turnovers for the Celtics have taken the air out of the building.
Early lapse (11:36 first quarter, Bulls 2-0)
Derrick Rose drives the lane and finds a wide-open Joakim Noah for an alley-oop. Someone missed an assignment there.
Wrentham's Ayla Brown with the national anthem. Extended playoff intro on the Jumbotron. We're about 80 percent green T's in the stands.