Bulls Pull Away In Second Half To Take Down Celtics


Associated Press

       BOSTON (AP) – Derrick Rose scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and hit three of Chicago’s seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away to beat the Boston Celtics 119-103 on Friday night.

        Rose also had 10 assists for his second double-double of the season. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which had lost two straight and four of five.

        The Bulls were 27 for 41 in the second half and outscored Boston 31-17 in the fourth quarter.

        Aaron Brooks added 15 points for the Bulls. Chicago used only eight players as injured center Joakim Noah sat out with a sprained right ankle.

        Jared Sullinger had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 60 percent in the first half but could not keep up with the Bulls in the second. 

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