Boston stole a win on the road tonight in Chicago to earn back their home court advantage. They didn't just beat Chicago, they ran over, under, around, and between the Bulls to win game three by a score of 107-86.
The entire Celtics starting lineup scored in the double digits, except for Kendrick Perkins, who managed six points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Pierce had a game-high 24 points, with Rajon Rondo following closely with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.
Stephon Marbury was a pleasant surprise for the Celtics tonight, as he was able to come off the bench and explode with 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds. The rest of the bench accounted for 12 of the Celtics' points.
The Bulls had Ben Gordon score only 15 points after an outstanding 42 point performance in game two. John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich were close behind, each posting 14 points to contribute to the Bulls' efforts.
Hinrich was able to produce, along with the rest of the bench, who put up 20 points for the Bulls. Anthony Roberson was able to step up and get some points, putting up eight tonight.
The Celtics shot an astounding 12-21 from beyond the arc, while the Bulls could only muster up a 9-22 three-point performance as a team. Boston shot 38-79 from the field, just about 50 percent, while Chicago shot 30-80, just under 38 percent.
The real storyline for this game were the turnovers and the points off of those turnovers. Boston got 28 points off of 22 turnovers by Chicago, while Chicago could only manage 18 points off of 14 Celtic turnovers.
The Celtics now hold a 2-1 series lead over the Bulls going into game four in Chicago on Sunday at 1:00 PM (EST). It will be televised on ABC.
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