The Amazing Bulls-Celtics Series: Statistically Speaking

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IApril 29, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 26: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics puts up a shot over Derrick Rose #1 and Tyrus Thomas #24 of the Chicago Bulls and teammate Glen Davis #11 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 121-118 in double overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 106-104 in overtime in Game Five of their opening round series on Tuesday.  This was the third overtime game of the series, marking the first time an NBA playoff series has gone to the extra period three times.

A record third overtime game underscores just how close this series has been.  If you will, forget for a moment, that Game Three of this series ever happened.  Now you know what a Bulls fan feels like. 

In all seriousness, if you throw out Game Three, the statistics between the two teams in the close games are remarkably similar.  Here are some fun facts to back it up:

Total Points: Bulls 445, Celtics 445

Field Goal Percentage: Bulls 45.2%, Celtics 44.7%

Three-Pointers Made: Bulls 26, Celtics 27

Three-Pointers Attempted: Bulls 72, Celtics 71

Total Rebounds: Bulls 188, Celtics 186

Assists: Bulls 81, Celtics 85

Steals: Bulls 28, Celtics 32

Turnovers: Bulls 55, Celtics 53


It's always amazing how after playing basketball for 48 minutes or more, teams can have the exact same number of points.  The Bulls and Celtics have scored the exact same number of points in 212 minutes of play!

Game Six takes place on Thursday night in Chicago, look for it to be just as exciting as the last two.