D.J. Augustin came off the bench and put up 33 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a close victory over the Boston Celtics, 107-102. The Bulls had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 37-70 (52.9%) from the field, including 8-16 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Chicago (41-32) picked up the win after falling to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
Augustin went 10-14 (3-4 from three-point range) and 10-10 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key players for Chicago included Jimmy Butler with 15 points and 5 rebounds, Carlos Boozer with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Joakim Noah with 13 points and 13 assists. On 7-13 shooting, including 2-6 from behind the arc, Rajon Rondo put up 17 points for Boston in the loss. He also tallied 11 assists. Jared Sullinger added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kris Humphries finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 58.6%, the Bulls connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (8-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Celtics are 2-10 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Boston (23-50) has now lost four in a row.
Coming up, the Bulls will square off against the Celtics again on Monday again.