BOSTON (AP) -- After only four road games, the Chicago Bulls have
already matched their away-from-home victory total from last
Jalen Rose scored 20 points and Eddy Curry added 16 points and
14 rebounds Wednesday night as the Bulls defeated the Celtics 89-82
for their third road victory.
Chicago, 3-1 on the road, finished 3-38 away from home in
"We're road warriors, huh? That's one hurdle we wanted to
conquer this year and the guys have been real focused," Bulls
coach Bill Cartwright said. "I'm just really happy. I thought our
guys were focused and carried out the game plan."
The Bulls never led by more than seven points in the second half
until Jamal Crawford capped an 11-2 run with a jumper and a
3-pointer that gave them a 76-65 lead with 9:31 left.
The Celtics responded with a 13-4 spurt, and Mike James made his
sixth 3-pointer of the night with 4:12 left to pull Boston to
80-78. But Paul Pierce missed a fadeaway jumper, and the Bulls
pulled away by going 9-of-12 on free throws down the stretch.
"I think Chicago played the type of game that deserves a win in
the NBA," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They played a
tough-minded, very physical game."
Rose started in place of Eddie Robinson after coming off the
bench in Chicago's previous two contests.
Not only did he spark the Bulls offense, he held Pierce to 14
points on 4-of-15 shooting.
"Paul Pierce is a great player. No one player can stop him. I
just did a good job trying to contain him and make him work for
every inch of the floor," Rose said.
Chicago led 23-21 after the first period behind 12 points from
Kendall Gill, who was 5-of-6 from the floor in the opening period.
The Celtics took their final lead of the night, 44-42, on a
3-pointer by James with 1:18 left in the second period. Rose
responded with a 3-pointer on Chicago's next possession, and the
Bulls led 47-44 at the break.
James had 18 points and Pierce 14 for the Celtics, whose modest
two-game winning streak was snapped.
According to Pierce, losing to the Bulls made it seem as though
beating Indiana on the road on Tuesday night didn't mean anything.
"It's very disappointing to beat the best team in the East one
night and then get beat by a team you should beat the next,"
Pierce said. "We just stood around. We didn't move the ball or
pass the ball like we need to."
Rose scored a team-high 17.3 points per game against Boston
last season. ... Boston fans saved their loudest cheers during
pre-game introductions for Vin Baker, who hit the game-winning
basket on Tuesday night in Indiana. ... Bulls forward-center Tyson
Chandler missed his third straight game with a bruised lower back.
... The win was Chicago's first of the season when scoring less
than 100 points.