Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson had double-doubles and the Chicago Bulls pulled away from the Boston Celtics late, winning 94-80 at the United Center Monday night. It was the second night in a row that the Bulls bested the Celtics.
With the win and a Toronto Raptors loss, the Bulls pulled even with the Raptors for the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed.
This was a close game up until the fourth quarter. Chicago entered the fourth leading 71-70, but began the period on a 13-0 run. Boston, which led by as much as nine in the first half, never recovered, scoring only 10 points in the final 12 minutes.
The Bulls shot 47.5 percent from the floor and forced the Celtics into 18 turnovers. Chicago also held Boston to a 40.3 percent clip.
Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless had 18 points apiece to lead the C's. Kris Humphries was the only other Celtic player to score in double figures.
The Bulls swept the three-game season series with Boston.