Offensive rebounding opened the door for the Chicago Bulls. Then Dwyane Wade closed it on the Boston Celtics.
Two days after grabbing 20 offensive rebounds and scoring 23 second-chance points during Game 1, the Bulls hauled in six more boards and scored eight second-chance points during the opening quarter of Game 2. Those numbers helped Chicago open up a 12-point lead during the first period.
The Bulls played from ahead for nearly the rest of the night, and they used a trio of big shots from Wade during the fourth quarter to seal their win.
Wade, who had scored 11 points during the first three quarters, doubled his point total during the final period. The first three points came via a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key, just as Boston has seemingly begun to build some momentum. His trey pushed Chicago’s lead back to 12 shortly after the C’s has sliced it to single-digits.
Wade then tossed in a running floater on Chicago’s next possession to make it a 14-point game, and he canned another 3-pointer with 5:18 left on the clock to make it a 19-point game.
Boston heaved 3-pointer after 3-pointer from that moment on in an attempt to get back into the game. Those shots, however, were off nearly every single time.
Chicago held on for a 111-97 victory, thanks in large part to Wade’s fantastic performance in the clutch.