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The Bulls battled to the end but a Ray Allen three-pointer with two seconds left was the difference in the Boston Celtics' 118-115 win, which evened the best-of-seven playoff series at 1-1.
Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro for the second game was without a timeout--having called his last with 61 seconds left. So the Bulls were left with a desperation half court three from Tyrus Thomas to try and tie at the buzzer.
Ben Gordon led the Bulls with a game-high 42 points in 44 minutes. Allen led Boston with 30.
The series moves to the United Center Thursday for Game 3.
Derrick Rose, who scored 36 in Game 1, was in early foul trouble and finished with 10 points.
The Celtics took advantage of a 50-35 advantage in rebounds.

Allen buries three with two seconds left. No time out for Bulls in second straight game is huge coaching mistake. Bulls let opportunity to go up 2-0 slip from their hands. Celtics win 118-115 as series heads to United Center Thursday.

BG beats double-team for FT jumper--pushes odd Allen--to tie game with 12 seconds left. Vinny out of time outs. Again. When's he going to learn?? And no fouls to give. Boston has one time out left.

Celts lax defense on single coverage of BG, who hits j. But Allen answers with three on yet another second-chance opportunity after Bulls let Celts control offensive boar. Celtics up 115-113 with 20.1 seconds left.

Davis to line. 1:39 left. His two FT pull Boston within, 111-110. 90 seconds left. Noah miss inside. Celts of course control rebound. Rondo buries fade over Noah with 61 seconds left. Vinny takes time out. Celts up, 112-111.

Miller controls tip. BG misses fade corner j. Davis pounds inside hoop from Rondo on other end. Bulls cough up ball--Miller loses dribble after pass from Rose--Rondo breaks to other end for easy hoop.

Allen mugs Miller from behind and gets homer non-call. Rules jump instead of foul. 2:54 left.

Bulls suddenly playing bigger then collective size with aggressive defense. Effort is great equalizer.

Rose takes ball off block and FB drive and kick to BG for three. BG back with another three after Noah blocks Pierce on other end. Bulls up 109-104 and 3:11 left. About to take 2-0 lead in this best of seven series. BG (36 points) making case for long-term contract this summer.

Perkins grabs 7th offensive bound and makes lane hook to give Celts, 102-101 lead. Bulls inexcusable 24-second violation as Boston smothering BG with switching defense.

Most important stretch of series coming up. Bulls need to find way to stop Allen from springing free off screens as BG has no defense. Rose needs to attack rather than give ball up. Unless BG is open on perimeter.

Allen another three. 22 points in second half. Bulls TO after Rose pass to Noah goes out. Trouble. Bulls cling to 101-100 lead with 5:55 to go.

Kirk three open look in corner. Hinrich puts Bulls up 98-97. Rose blocks Eddie House and saves ball back to Hinrich, who feeds Noah. And one. Bulls up 101-97 after ninth fast break bucket in second half. 6:19 left.

Allen three. He now has 21. BG fouled on drive. Good. Good. Game tied at 95 with 7 1/2 left.

Tyrus with six now one block away from tying Artis Gilmore's Bulls record for most blocks in playoff game.

Both teams turning ball over with frequency. Time to value each possession as Boston up, 92-91, with 8:50 left.

Tyrus with six blocks but Bulls can't control ball after rejections. Celts keep possession alive and up 90-87.

Refs review BG's last shot. Three instead of two is ruling. Bulls down, 88-87, going into final 12 minutes. BG with 28.

Bulls 24-second violation gives Boston last chance shot to end third with hoop. Tyrus Thomas blocks Rondo's drive at buzzer. Boston up, 88-86, at end of three.

Allen has 16 of his 18 in third. Salmons answers other end. Bulls down, 86-84, with 40.1 seconds left in third as Allen picks up third foul.

BG another three. Has 25 points. Bulls will need him to make up for Rose's quiet night. Perkins and Davis are moving Bulls in lane with ease.

Boston dictating pace and again pounding paint with bigger line up. BG buries three to pull Bulls within, 75-73, 5:30 left in third.

Allen on fire, buries three after Bulls fail to clear defensive board. Boston up 75-70. Rondo has triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) after steal and assist on same play.

Celts' defense disrupting Bulls. Steve Javy hits Joakim with technical after Perkins barks at Noah following foul. BG does good job getting Noah to calm down. Bulls down, 72-68, with seven minutes to go in third.

Bulls finally on board in third on Salmons' hoop, but Allen has made his last two and Boston up, 66-64, nine to go in third.

Powe is out for game with right knee sprain and maybe for Game 3 and longer, according to Doc Rivers.

Rondo has heavy wrap on right ankle, which he rolled with five minutes left in second quarter. But he does start third.

Johnson gets abused by Pierce. Bulls had foul to give, Johnson gives it but Pierce goes into shooting motion and gets three free throws with 4.2 seconds left. Pierce makes 2-of-3. Bulls take 61-58 halftime lead after closing second with 16-6 run.

Vinny smart to get Rose out for last 69 seconds so he doesn't pick up third foul. Linton Johnson comes in and immediately hits shot. Tide turning as Boston's banged up and suddenly a mess. Bulls bench outscoring Celts' 20-9. Bulls up 61-56 and now look in control.

BG getting going; made team's last two. Bulls up, 56-55 with 1:09 left in half. Bulls turning up `D', getting steals leading to fast breaks. RUN! RUN!

Allen now 1-of-15 for series. Rose is now 3-of-5 in game. Miller makes open 12-foot j; he's 3-of-3 tonight after being brutal in Game 1.

Davis picks up his third foul. Perkins has three, too. Powe is still out with knee sprain. Time for Bulls to accelerate pace.

Rondo out as trainer works on knee. Marbury back. Physical play turned on high.

Miller starting to be paint presence but he's getting away with three seconds. Bulls down, 46-42. Stagnant defense is inexcusable. Need to be aggressive. Davis hammers BG with 5:03 left in half. Rondo in pain with right knee after colliding with Rose. Huge if Rondo is out or playing hurt.

Rose finally scores. 7:14 left in half. Rose 1-of-3 after sitting most of first quarter with two fouls. Powe has minor left knee sprain. May be back but one less big man for Bulls to worry about now.

Davis fakes buddy Thomas and drives to hoop. And one. Miss FT. Better get Gordon back for Hunter and going on `O.' Bulls down, 43-36 with 7:23 left in half.

Doc Rivers hit with technical during time out but John Salmons misses free throw. Rondo breaks Bulls run with back-to-back hoops. Celts up 39-36 with 8 1/2 to go in half. Pierce buries j and Boston on 6-0 run. Lead, 41-36.

Bulls have held Celts scoreless in first three minutes of second quarter. Bulls on 11-0 run and now up, 36-35, off Brad Miller three. Time out.

Powe heading to Boston locker room. No word on injury.

Rose starts second quarter. Needs to avoid third foul. Stephon Marbury airs his first shot. Bulls need to take avantage while Marbury is on floor.

Bulls blow uncontested break in final seconds--Salmons loses handle on ball--but Bulls still should be relieved they are only down, 35-29, at end of opening quarter with Celtics shooting over 50 percent.

Rajon Rondo pushing pace and getting to line at will. On other end, Bulls still one and done with no offensive rebounding. Boston has led since start, up now 35-25 with 52 seconds left.

Hinrich gets third foul. Big-time trouble with Rose sitting with two fouls. Lindsey Hunter coming in for Hinrich for last 1:49 of first.

Ray Allen misses his first two shots in 10 minutes. Good sign that he is as cold as Saturday.

Leon Powe is now powering paint. But Bulls have made last five shots. Celts up, 28-21 3:29 left in opening qtr.

Celtics 11-of-18 from field. But Bulls amazingly within, 24-17, with all that has gone wrong. 4:57 left in first. Time out.

Joakim Noah picks up Kendrick Perkins turnover for easy slam. But Bulls still down 22-10 midway through first. Perkins has two fouls.

Celtics up 12-1 on rebounds. Kirk Hinrich picks up second quick foul after coming in for Rose, who is on bench with two. Crunch time is now. This game could be over in another few minutes if this continues.

Celtics have eight second-chance points already and are pounding offensive board. Boston on 7-0 run, up 15-6.

Rose picks up second foul and heads to bench with 8:49 left in first. TROUBLE!!!

Boston showing serious energy and active in paint. Celts lead 12-6 with 8:33 left in first.

TyrusTyrus Thomas get what is Bulls' third block of game and we're just three minutes into game.

Bulls showing full press but leave Glenn Davis open at other end; Celtics up 8-4, 9:39 left. Ray Allen foul.

Derrick Rose already has first foul just over a minute in. He fouled out Saturday.

Joakim Noah falls on opening tip and seemingly hurts ankle. We'll keep an eye on it as game progresses.

Don't know what it means but Kevin Garnett is on Celtics bench and Vinny Del Negro's Dad is not on the Bulls bench.

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Always the case on the road best player gets in foul trouble early, seen it many times it used to be the big men but for Chicago it is D Rose

Great article on the playoffs Bulls at my college written by our editor who is actually a Celtics fan. He writes about all the teams even had a feature on the blazers blog so i figured he should have one here too.

Does Joahkim Noah realize how ugly he is? He has to be the strangest looking human being I have ever seen.

When will Vinnie learn how to use timeouts????????????? Please someone leave him behind in Boston!

Vinny Del Negro is the worst at game management. I can understand once, but TWICE? Pathetic.

Noah is WEAK !! DUNK the damn ball !! I get sick watching this stiff think he's M.J. doing a finger roll. And PLEASE don't let B.Miller touch the ball in game 3 . I can think of at least 2 plays where the ball was TAKEN out of his hands by a Celtics player. Celtics got home court officiating, so what else is new? Lets hope the Bulls get those calls @ home

Im Love Celtics. Good Play

End of third quarter... did Salmon's 3 which left his hand at 5.7 s
go in or was it a mirage/camera angle thing? Just wondering?

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