After watching some pretty exciting Elite Eight action on Sunday, I wasn't expecting much from Bulls and Celtics. However, Bulls-Celtics actually turned into quite the entertaining affair, with Chicago pulling out a 107-102 win courtesy of D.J. Augustin.
Augustin was spectacular all game long, scoring a career-high 33 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He also played the hero down the stretch, burying a go-ahead three with 1:19 left and then knocking down six free throws to help seal the deal. 15 of D.J.'s 33 points came in the fourth quarter, and at one point, he literally threw the ball at the rim attempting to draw a foul and made the shot anyway.
Other than Augustin, the Bulls got balanced scoring from their starters. All five of them scored in double figures, and Joakim Noah almost notched another triple-double with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. Here's one of those assists (h/t to @MrTrpleDouble10):
And here's a fun fact about Noah's ridiculous assist totals:
From April 6, 1996 to February 18, 2014 there were no 13-assist games by a center in the NBA. Noah has had three of them since February 19.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) March 31, 2014
The Bulls shot 52.9 percent and made 8-of-16 from three, which would mean a blowout victory on most nights. But the Celtics never quit, and every time it looked like the Bulls would get some cushion, Boston would get right back into it. That happened until the very end, with Jared Sullinger knocking down some late threes to keep faint hope alive. The Celtics nailed 10 threes on the night and also did work on the boards, outrebounding the Bulls 39-31.
Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists to lead the Celtics, who had six players score in double figures. But as well as Rondo played, he was no match for Augustin, who shook him bad on the go-ahead three (h/t again to @MrTrpleDouble10):
The Bulls and Celtics will be right back at it at the United Center on Monday.