Dunleavy, Bulls shake off Celtics for 94-80 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2014 at 11:21 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Having been burned by D.J. Augustin the previous night, the Boston Celtics clamped down on the Bulls' guard in the second game of their home-and-home series.

Boston succeeded in limiting Augustin to four points on 1-of-9 shooting, but that didn't affect the final outcome.

Mike Dunleavy had 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting and Augustin handed out 11 assists to help five Bulls score in double figures for a 94-80 win over the Celtics on Monday night.

"From the beginning of the game I knew they were going to do that, adjust to me," Augustin said. "I had to do some other things and find my teammates and they did a great job getting open."

Joakim Noah added 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Jimmy Butler scored 18 points, Carlos Boozer 16 and Taj Gibson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which pulled away with a 13-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Bulls (42-32) moved into a tie with the Toronto Raptors — who lost at Miami — for third place in the Eastern Conference.

"I think it's very important," Dunleavy said of the third seed. "We want to get as high as we can. Not only with home-court advantage and avoiding the first seed in the second round, if we're fortunate enough to advance. We just want to get as high as we can."

Chicago swept the home-and-home series with the Celtics after winning 107-102 in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics have lost 10 straight on the road to drop to 8-28 away from home. Their last road win was Feb. 10 at Milwaukee.

Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points apiece for the Celtics.

Rajon Rondo didn't play Monday after getting 17 points and 11 assists Sunday. He is still working his way back to full strength following reconstructive knee surgery and doesn't play in back-to-back games.

"It wasn't just the fourth (quarter)," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "The first five minutes of the third and the fourth we went into a drought. We looked heavy-legged the whole second half.

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