In one of the more painful games to watch in recent memory, the Boston Celtics pulled out a 71-69 win over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night.
If you ever wondered how to win a game while shooting 36.8 percent from the field, getting out-rebounded by 10, and scoring only 71 points, you should rewatch this one. Otherwise, let's get through this quickly.
The Celtics won this game despite scoring only eight points in the third quarter. Brandon Bass led all scorers with 14 points, while Paul Pierce was held to just 2-of-12 shooting.
Kevin Garnett and Joakim Noah got their dream matchup, as this was a sloppy defensive battle that featured two of the top defensive minds in the NBA on the sideline. Though Noah posted the better numbers, it was Garnett who got the last laugh, as the Celtics now go into the All-Star break on a reasonably high note.
The win, no matter how strange it was, move Boston to 28-24 on the season—1.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls drop their second straight and fall to 30-22—only a half-game ahead of those same Hawks.
Bear with me as we hit the Bleacher Report classroom to hand back some tests marked up in red ink.