In their second matchup of the season, the Chicago Bulls evened things up with the Boston Celtics with a 100-89 victory at home.
The Bulls just appeared to want it more all night long, as they out-hustled, out-rebounded and out-shot the Celtics throughout.
Boston's defensive intensity was lacking from the get-go as they gave up 55 points in the first half and fell behind by 20 in the fourth quarter. Garbage-time points made the score appear a lot closer than it was.
The Bulls frontcourt was simply dominant from end to end. Joakim Noah posted his second career triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Carlos Boozer destroyed the Celtics interior with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Luol Deng found himself at the line 12 times en route to 21 points.
Nate Robinson provided the extra spark off the bench for Chicago, helping them pull away in the final frame with five three-pointers.
Rajon Rondo was the lone bright spot for the Celtics, scoring a season-high 26 points. He was the only Celtics player who seemed locked in at every turn.
The loss drops the Celtics to .500 once again, and they have now fallen in three straight games. Chicago improves to 14-10 and remains in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Let's hit the classroom to see how everyone graded out in this dominating Bulls win.