Bulls and Celtics Down To The Wire Again

Chris Grinstead@@everest4009Correspondent IApril 21, 2009

Wow.

That's all that any basketball fan could ever say after watching the first two games of the first round Eastern Conference series between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics.

Game 1 went into OT and the Bulls won the game with a late drive by Derrick Rose, as his 36 points carried the team. Game 2 went to the Celtics Monday night via a Ray Allen three-pointer with 2.0 seconds left in the game for a 118-115 win, to tie the series at one game each.

Allen had a big impact on this game after having a terrible performance in Game 1. Allen made only one shot while shooting 9-18 from the field and 6-10 from three-point range to rack up 30 points on the way to a win in Game 2.

Glen Davis was not far behind in the scoring column, with 26 points against this young Bulls squad. The rest of the Celtics' starting lineup scored in double digits, with Paul Pierce at 18 points, Kendrick Perkins at 16, and Rajon Rondo at 19 points.

Rondo also posted game-high numbers for rebounds, assists, and steals at 12, 16, and five, respectively. Ben Gordon certainly didn't have a bad night, dropping 42 points on this tenacious Celtics defense.

The Bulls' defense was a brick wall at times with 14 blocks as a team. Tyrus Thomas was the biggest contributor in this area, with six blocks of his own.

A big key was the defense against Derrick Rose, which held him to only 10 points in Game 2 after a huge 36-point performance in Game 1. John Salmons scored 17 points, with Brad Miller also chipping in 16.

The Bulls shot better from the field and from beyond the arc, but the Celtics were able to out-rebound the Bulls 50-36. They were also able to take advantage of this edge as 21 of those 50 rebounds were offensive, usually resulting in second-chance points.

The series almost went to a 2-0 Chicago lead thanks to Ben Gordon's mammoth offensive performance, as he converted, to tie the game, on a jumper with 12.3 seconds left. Allen then promptly caught a pass from Rajon Rondo and drilled the three-pointer to take the lead.

Despite Ben Gordon's midcourt heave, the Celtics walked away with the win and a tied series. The series now goes to Chicago for two games on Thursday and Saturday.

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