Game 4 recap: Bulls 121, Celtics 118 (2OT)


Apr 26

It was Chicago’s ability to defend and execute in the second overtime that led to a 121-118 victory that evens its series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2. For the third time in four games of what’s become a breathtaking series, it took the final possession to determine a winner.

The Bulls took their first overtime lead in the second extra session, when Ben Gordon put Chicago up 112-110 with 4:46 to go. He and his teammates never gave up that lead, extending it to as many as five before John Salmons blocked a Paul Pierce three point attempt at the buzzer.

Ray Allen was clutch again for Boston, nailing a wide-open three pointer off an inbounds play with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Derrick Rose’s driving floater on the next possession didn’t fall, forcing the extra session.

In the first overtime, the Celtics connected on their first five field goal attempts, but it was Gordon’s three-pointer with 4.5 seconds left that tied things up at 110-110. Rajon Rondo’s missed jumper led to the second and final overtime.

Derrick Rose’s 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists led a balanced Bulls attack that saw seven players reach double figures. Rose’s counterpart at point guard, Rondo, was spectacular again, as he recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Gordon tallied 22 points and Salmons added 20, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line, four of which came in the game’s final minute.

The series returns to Boston for Game 5 on Tuesday. Game 6 will be Thursday in Chicago, with tickets still remaining.

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