The Chicago Bulls came oh-so-close to erasing a 20-point first-half deficit during Friday night’s Game 3 matchup against the Boston Celtics.
The C’s, down 2-0 in the series, were playing with a sense of desperation, however, so they weren’t about to let that happen.
Boston flew out of the gate at United Center and had a 35-15 lead by the first possession of the second quarter. But the Bulls battled back throughout the second frame and pulled within one point of the Celtics during the opening minute of the third quarter.
The C’s were barely clinging on with a 44-43 advantage after scoring just 11 points during the entire second period, but they suddenly rediscovered their offense.
Boston scored the game’s next eight points over a 56-second span, thanks to an Isaiah Thomas-to-Al Horford alley-oop, followed by consecutive 3-pointers from IT.
That short sequence of plays was enough to pull Boston out of its offensive lull, and it would not allow the Bulls to pull within eight points from there on out.
After their 11-point second-quarter effort, the C’s went on to score 32 points during the third quarter and 28 more during the fourth, en route to a convincing, 104-87 victory.