The Bulls improved by eight games from the 2008 season, largely because of the edition of Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose. Even without superstar Kevin Garnett for their first round series match-up, the Celtics were still a heavy favorite against the inexperienced Bulls.
The Bulls opened the series with a bang.
Rose exploded for a rookie playoff debut record 36 points and the Bulls escaped with a 105-103 overtime win. The Celtics evened the series in game two when Ray Allen buried a three-pointer with two seconds left.
The Celtics seemed to take control of the series with an easy 107-86 win in game three. That's when the series got interesting.
With the Bulls down two games to one, they faced a must win game four at home. A loss would mean a 3-1 series deficit returning to Boston for game five.
After clutch shots by both teams, the Bulls eventually held on for a 121-118 double overtime win. Every Bull that played scored in double figures.
In a series that never ceased to amaze, game five needed overtime again. After a Paul Pierce shot put the Celtics up two with three seconds left, controversy took over.
Rajon Rondo fouled Bulls back up center Brad Miller hard. Bulls fans were shocked when a flagrant foul wasn't called. Should the Bulls have received two shots and the ball?
Miller received two shots to try and even the game and force a second straight double overtime game. Miller missed the first and then purposely missed the second.
The Bulls were unable to secure the rebound and the Bulls headed back home fighting for their playoff life down three games to two.
After five games, three that required a total of four overtimes, no one could have imagined what lied ahead for game six.
Fitting for the series, game six nearly doubled the four-overtime total of the first five games. The drama that occurred would have been dismissed as too unbelievable if it had been written.
Game six had enough drams and heroes to fill an entire series.
Ray Allen scored 51 points (three points shy of a team record) and Rajon Rondo had 19 assists for the C's.
John Salmons scored 35 points, Derrick Rose netted 28 and Joakim Noah pulled down 15 rebounds for Chicago.
The most memorable play of the 2009 NBA playoffs came from Noah in a most unlikely fashion. The Bulls center intercepted a pass and raced the length of the court to put the Bulls up late in the third overtime.
The Bulls' win sent the series back to Boston for game seven. They started out strong, but a 22-2 Boston run in the second quarter was the ultimately the difference in the game. The Bulls' loss dropped them to 0-6 on the road in game sevens.
Ben Gordon was amazing for the Bulls in the series.
He averaged 24.3 PPG and was the player the Bulls leaned on when they needed a big shot.
Rondo nearly averaged a triple double in the series and became public enemy number one in Chicago.
The series will go down as the most dramatic in NBA history.