Field Goal %
- CHI 48.0
- 41.8 BOS
Three Point %
- CHI 33.3
- 21.4 BOS
- CHI 21
- 12 BOS
- CHI 54
- 55 BOS
- Boston, MA
- Line: BOS -3.5
- Over/Under: 182
0:00 - OT
End of the 1ST Overtime
Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points Friday, 14 of which came in the paint. Rondo has been able to score inside in three games against the Bulls this season, averaging 13.3 paint points per game against Chicago and 6.5 against all other teams.
The Bulls won their 12th road game of the season Friday and are 9-2 away from home since the start of December. The Bulls are shooting 45.9 percent on the road this season, the second-highest percentage of any Eastern Conference team (Heat - 47.4).
The Bulls tied a season-high with 21 turnovers Friday but the Celtics were only able to convert those turnovers into seven points. The Celtics averaged 0.33 points per possession after forcing a turnover Friday, their lowest turnover efficiency in a game this season.
Marco Belinelli's game-winning jumper Friday was his sixth go-ahead shot in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his six-year career. Belinelli is 6-for-9 in such situations in his career and 2-for-3 this season.
The Bulls made a game-tying shot with 2 seconds remaining in regulation, and a go-ahead shot with 3 seconds remaining in OT to beat the Celtics 100-99. They are the first team to make a game-tying shot with 5 or fewer seconds remaining in the 4th and a go-ahead shot with 5 or fewer seconds remaining in OT since the Nets did it on November 21, 2008. Vince Carter made both shots for the Nets to beat the Raptors 129-127 in that game.
Celtics tonight are playing their 6th overtime game of the season. Only one team (Mavericks - 8) has played more OT games this season.The Trail Blazers have also played 6.
No player is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. Though David Lee at 19.7 and 10.9 is close. But 2 players HAVE been doing so since Christmas Day.The only 2 NBA players have averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game since Christmas Day are Carlos Boozer (22.3, 12.0) and DeMarcus Cousins (20.2, 12.4).
Timberwolves backup center Nikola Pekovic is still having issues with his sore ankle and Achilles.
There have been rumors for several months that Philadelphia wants to trade Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.
The NBA will have new distributors for its statistical information and its player tracking data starting in the 2017-18 season.