Rajon Rondo's 29-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist outing made him the second-best point guard on the court on this day. That's because Rose went for 36 points and 11 assists in Chicago's road victory. Rose, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, matched Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for most points in a playoff debut.
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Game 2: Celtics 118, Bulls 115
After a two-point first half (which came on the heels of a 1-for-12 Game 1), Ray Allen erupted for 28 second-half points, including the tiebreaking three-pointer with 2 seconds left, as the host Celtics avoided falling into a 2-0 hole. The sharpshooter's clutch play down the stretch spoiled an equally scintillating performance from another former UConn guard, Ben Gordon, who finished with 42 points for the Bulls. Rajon Rondo, who is averaging a triple-double in the series, had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists for Boston.
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Game 3: Celtics 107, Bulls 86
In the only lopsided game of the series, Boston led by 11 after one quarter and 22 at the half against the host Bulls, who committed 22 turnovers and shot 37.5 percent from the field. One day after being named Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose scored nine points on 4-of-14 shooting and had seven turnovers.
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Game 4: Bulls 121, Celtics 118 (2 OT)
Ben Gordon made his only three-pointer of the day count, hitting it to tie the game with 4.5 seconds left in the first overtime. John Salmons converted four free throws late in the second OT and made a key defensive play against Paul Pierce to seal Chicago's series-tying home victory. ''Everybody I'm talking to is saying this is the most exciting series that they're watching right now,'' Gordon said after the game. And it was only getting warmed up.
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Game 5: Celtics 106, Bulls 104 (OT)
With the last in his series of clutch jump shots, Paul Pierce gave the Celtics a 106-104 lead with 3.4 seconds left in overtime in Boston. That basket would stand as the game-winner after Brad Miller missed two free throws following a hard foul (pictured) from Rajon Rondo. The Bulls argued, to no avail, for a flagrant foul on the play, which left Miller bloodied and in need of stitches in his mouth after the game.
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Game 6: Bulls 128, Celtics 127 (3 OT)
The third consecutive overtime game of the series lasted 63 minutes and featured 51 points from Ray Allen, 35 points from John Salmons and an electrifying three-point play from Joakim Noah in the third extra period. Derrick Rose made the last big play of the night, blocking Rajon Rondo's potential go-ahead shot in the closing seconds. Chicago's second home victory in the series set up Game 7 in Boston.
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Ray Allen finished with 23 points to lead five in double figures in the Celtics' series-clinching win. Boston outscored Chicago 29-11 in the key second period. The Celtics will face Orlando in the conference semifinals.
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