Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs Even Their Respective Series

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 21, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 20:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics reacts after he sinks his last second game winning basket as Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls reacts to the loss in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 20, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Two Saturday surprises from the NBA Playoffs were corrected last night. 

San Antonio and Boston won the second games of their series in totally different fashions.

San Antonio sent Dallas a message by responding to Saturday's loss with a 21-point win.  They did it behind Tony Parker's 38 points, 21 of which in the first half. 

By the end of the game, the Dallas bench was looking completely dejected, which isn't surprising.

It will be interesting to see how Dallas responds.  They have the next two games in Dallas, which will help, but with all the playoff disappointment they've experienced over the last several years, will this mess with their heads?

In Boston, it was a much closer game, which came down to the wire.  Chicago won a very close game on Saturday, and Boston did the same last night.  Ray Allen hit the last shot and Boston held on as a half-court heave fell short.

Ben Gordon had the best playoff game for a Bull since Michael Jordan retired, scoring 42 and hitting six threes.  This probably would have worked out better for him and the Bulls if he could play defense like MJ too.

As it was, Ray Allen also went off in the second half.  He had 30 points and also hit six threes, including the game-winner. 

The Celtics are extremely happy to get Allen on a hot shooting streak heading to Chicago, especially as they seem to get someone hurt every game.