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4.19.2009

Chicago Bulls got an overtime win over Celtics

It was certainly a great match. And the best part was that Derrick Rose matched Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record with 36 points in his playoff debut and added 11 assists. In the end, Chicago Bulls earned a 105-103 overtime victory over the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their first-round series.

"He's poised beyond his years," Bulls guard Ben Gordon expressed about the young Rose. "He already carries himself like a veteran out there."

We also saw that Tyrus Thomas scored 16 points — six of Chicago's eight points in overtime, including the winning jumper with 51 seconds left in overtime. Joakim Noah, who was also making his postseason debut, netted 11 points with 17 rebounds for the Bulls.

As for Rajon Rondo, he also scored 29 points with nine rebounds and seven assists for Boston, which was without the talented Garnett and didn't get what it needed from the rest of the Big Three. Paul Pierce's 23 points came on 8-of-21 shooting. However, he missed the potential winning free throw at the end of regulation, and saw a potential tying basket blocked with 3.7 seconds left in overtime.

Actually, Ray Allen netted four points on 1-of-12 shooting; he had a chance to send it into a second overtime but his jumper from the right side bounced off the rim. Not so good for him.

"Yes, it just looked like every player decided that they were going to be 'the guy' tonight. They were going to, you know, replace Kevin for whatever reason," Doc Rivers said to the press, expressing his surprise. "And then all of a sudden we got into a fight. And one thing I'd say about our guys, they join in. Despite that, at home, you're supposed to start it"he concluded.

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