Video highlights of the Bulls win over Boston 101-92.
Pau Gasol was so in tune he gave a performance even one of the greatest tenors could appreciate.
Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds with Placido Domingo looking on, and the Bulls beat the Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.
“When our main players play at our highest level, we’re a really good team,” Gasol said.
The Bulls, who looked like they were coming apart not too long ago, certainly appear to be hitting the right notes.
Gasol had his 19th double-double. And as if that wasn’t enough, he was planning to have dinner with his countryman Domingo, who was in town to perform.
“He’s a basketball fan, he’s a sports fan,” Gasol said. “He’s here for a performance. I wish he was just here to visit me, but that doesn’t work that way. He’s a guy that I truly admire. I have a great friendship, relationship, with him.”
As good as Gasol was, this was hardly a one-man show.
Derrick Rose scored 18 points. Jimmy Butler added 19 points and 10 assists.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens won’t be with the Celtics tonight, as he is back in Indiana visiting a former player from his days at Butler, Andrew Smith.
Head coach Brad Stevens will miss tonight’s game after traveling back to Indiana to visit a former Butler player, Andrew Smith, who has battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Several of Smith’s family members recently took to social media to discuss the severity of Smith’s declining health.
His wife Samantha posted the following on both Facebook and Twitter:
“Please pray. Pray so very hard. We need a miracle & Andrew asked me to have you all rally with us in prayer in this moment,” the message read.
Reggie Jackson’s sparkling play in the fourth quarter carried the Pistons to their latest strong finish.
The 6-foot-3 point guard, who shined for three seasons at Boston College before turning pro in 2011, scored nine of his 24 points in the final period and Detroit rallied for a 99-94 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.
”We’ve had a lot of these type of games this year,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ”The problem with it is, as I just said to them, is we’ve done this so many times, I think we’re starting to fall into, ‘We don’t need to play until the fourth quarter,’ and that can be dangerous because these games can start to turn on you.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 20 points for the Pistons. Andre Drummond was in early foul trouble and had an off night, scoring 13 and grabbing a season-low five rebounds. Detroit has won three of four.
”It was a tough, hard-fought win,” Jackson said. ”We didn’t really come out and defend the way we wanted to at the beginning, had some shots not go in. After that first quarter, we really felt like we locked in. The second unit did a great job of picking us up.”
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 22 points, scoring their final 15 over the last 7:24 after missing 14 of his first 15 shots. Evan Turner scored 17, and Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder each had 16.
The Celtics have lost three of four, and Johnson knows how important losses are in the log-jammed Eastern Conference.
”Big time,” he said. ”We definitely realize where we are. We have to try to get some of these games before the break.”
Brook Lopez’s size was too much for Boston’s smaller lineup.
The 7-footer scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Celtics on Saturday.
”I did my best to make the right play every time, realizing that, and just tried to read the double teams,” said Lopez, who scored seven of his points in a key 9-2 run when Boston was making its charge with a smaller, trapping lineup.
”We had guys open everywhere,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. ”It was just a matter of being aggressive.”
Joe Johnson added 20 points, Thaddeus Young 16 with 10 boards, and Bojan Bogdanovic 13 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 11 games.
Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, Jae Crowder 16 and Evan Turner 12 for Boston. The Celtics dropped their second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.
Boston coach Brad Stevens said that he needed ”to do a better job” after the Celtics fell to a weaker opponent again. Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
”I’ve got to hold guys accountable at a better level,” Stevens said. ”We’re not playing as well as we think we are, so we’ve got to be better.”
Mark Kobe Bryant down for one more win on the parquet floor in Boston.
Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics 112-104 on Wednesday night.
Bryant played 33 minutes and recorded his first double-double of what he says is his final season. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points and Lou Williams had 19 as Los Angeles stopped a four-game slide.
It was Bryant’s 173rd career double-double. The crowd chanted ”Kobe! Kobe!” in the final minute. He waved to the crowd as he walked down the runway to the locker room, with the fans cheering and chanting his name.
”I wish I could do more to show my gratitude to them,” said Bryant, who has an 11-12 record at Boston for his career, counting the postseason. ”It’s a weird feeling walking across center court, looking down at that logo. I tried to cherish it as much as I can.”
The 37-year-old Bryant played in the NBA Finals against Boston in 2008 and 2010. The first one ended with a blowout win by the Celtics in TD Garden. Los Angeles captured the second at Staples Center in a seventh game.
”I can’t believe this is the last time I’m going to be here. It seems like just yesterday we were playing in the finals,” he said.
Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and Evan Turner scored 20 for Boston, which had won four in a row.