Coming off a win in their season opener at home, the Chicago Bulls were looking to improve their record to 2-0 against the Boston Celtics. Excitement filled the air as Bulls' fans were anxious to see how their team would measure up against a competitive team and who better than the Champion Boston Celtics.
The game started off rather slow, followed by the Bulls taking an early 1-0 lead. That would be the last lead they saw the rest of the night.
The Celtics built a small lead at first and suffocated the Bulls with their defense forcing long range jump-shots. The Bulls shot 10-45 (22.2%) from the field in the first half. Poor shooting from the Bulls allowed the Celtics to build up a 49-31 lead at the half.
The Bulls came out in the second half and competed with Boston, but it was too little too late. Chicago shot 15-39 (38.5%) in the second half and surged to within 10 points before the Celtics snuffed it out.
Chicago's rookie Derrick Rose led the team with 18 points shooting 6-14 from the field. Rose showed some pretty flashy stuff driving the lane and drawing some fouls down low. Rose went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
Tyrus Thomas and Ben Gordon were the only other Bulls in double digits with 11 points each. Chicago kept themselves in the game by shooting a combined 28 out of 30 on the free throw line.
The Celtics' Kevin Garnett led the team with 18 points, shooting 7-11 with 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo all finished with 14 points each. All this culminated in a 96-80 loss for the Bulls.