Marco Belinelli nailed a turnaround fade away jump shot from 14 feet out with 3.1 seconds remaining in overtime as the visiting Chicago Bulls took a 100-99 win from the Celtics in Boston on Friday night.
Boston was without defensive demon Avery Bradley, who sat the game out with a rib injury, and the Celtics were overmatched in every statistical offensive category, yet managed to stay in the game with clutch defense and forcing Chicago into 21 turnovers.
Jason Terry scored five of his 9 points in the overtime period for Boston, including a 12 foot jumper with 12 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Celtics a one point lead, but it wasn’t enough as Boston dropped to 20-19 with their second straight home loss.
Rajon Rondo led all scored with 30 points while Kevin Garnett added 16 with 7 rebounds. Jared Sullinger ripped down 15 boards to go along with his seven points off the bench.
Carlos Boozer scored 19 and pulled down a game high 20 boards for the Bulls, who improved to 23-15 with the win. Rip Hamilton paced the Bulls with 20 points and Joakim Noah logged 13 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Turnovers plagued the Bulls all night as they were never able to pull away from the Celtics despite Boston’s anemic shooting. Paul Pierce had yet another off night, scoring 13 points on just 5 of 17 shooting. Garnett wasn’t much better at 5 for 16, with both missing all three of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Boston had a chance to put the game away with a two-point lead and the ball with 12 seconds left in regulation, but Pierce was tied up by Noah and the Bulls won the tip. On the other end Kirk Hinrich heaved up a crazy desperation jumper that went in and sent the game into overtime.
The Celtics now hit the road to Detroit on Sunday and Cleveland on Tuesday before returning home for the Knicks on Thursday Night, while Chicago returns home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night then hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
Hopefully for the Celtics, going back on the road cures their shooting woes of late.