Celtics rally without Rondo, Smart & beat Bulls to improve to 3-3.

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In the 6th game of this early Celtics season, trying to get to .500 at 3-3, Boston would travel to Chicago without their starting Point Guard (Rajon Rondo) & backup Point Guard (Marcus Smart) leaving Evan Turner to handle the PG duties.

After a sluggish start to the game from both sides, new starting PG, Evan Turner got Boston on the board first. The Celtics would build a 12-2 lead after Kelly drained a 3 in transition followed by a made Sullinger shot, forcing a Bulls timeout. Dunleavy would tie the game at 18 apiece on a 3 & the Bulls finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 25-20 lead.

Jeff Green tied the game at 27 with a 3 before Gibson through down a slam at the other end. A 10-2 run by Boston had them retake the lead 39-35 as Bradley added 5 points during the run. A made pair of free throws by Turner & a Bradley steal and layup put Boston on top by 10. The Celtics rallied off a quick 7 points to close the half to take a 56-41 (36-16 in the quarter) lead into the half. Bradley led the team with 11 (9 in the 2nd quarter)

Back and forth start to the 3rd quarter as Boston held a 65-49 lead. Boston built the lead to 18 & had the chance to push it to 20 but couldn’t capitalise. The Bulls cut it to 15 on a free throw from Gasol before Olynyk nailed a 3. The whole 3rd quarter was close as Boston outscored Chicago 27-26 & took an 83-67 lead into the final frame.

Brooks hit a 3 for Chicago after Wallace went 1/2 from the line to cut the Boston lead to 14 with 9 minutes remaining. Brandon Bass got a huge steal that led to a Zeller basket to put Boston back up 15. Noah cut the Boston lead to 9 making it the closest it had been for some time. Effort on the offensive glass led to a Brooks 3 for Chicago & it was all of a sudden a 6 point game. Turner hit a steadying shot for Boston, putting them up 8 before Brooks hits another 3. Brooks was fouled on a deep 2 & made both to cut Boston’s lead to 3. Olynyk drove the lane & got fouled. He made it a 2 possession game, going 1/2. Brooks put in his 19th point of the quarter forcing a Boston timeout with 30 seconds left up 2. Turner drove the lane but couldn’t get the shot to fall but Kelly Olynk grabbing his 10th rebound, his 2nd offensive led to 2 made free throws to Evan Turner. Boston held on to win this one 106-101.

Full time statistics:
Kelly Olynyk: 18 Points, 11 Rebounds
Evan Turner: 19 Points, 5 Rebounds, 6 Assists
Avery Bradley: 13 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists
Jeff Green: 14 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Jared Sullinger: 10 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Marcus Thornton: 11 Points
Brandon Bass: 7 Points, 2 Rebounds
Phil Pressey: 3 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Tyler Zeller: 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists

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