Evan Turner scored a season-high 29 points, with 6 assists and 5 rebounds, as the Boston Celtics lost 109-104 in overtime to the Chicago Bulls. Turner got off to a slow start with 5 points and 3 turnovers in the first half, but he caught fire after halftime, leading the Celtics back from a 10-point hole in the third quarter, and then all the way down the stretch. Unfortunately, he faded late in the game and was unable to put the Celtics over the top. However, this was still Turner's best game of the season, in what continues a pleasantly surprising season for those who doubted him before the year began.
Boston probably would've won this game in regulation had they been able to pull down a defensive rebound. The Bulls outrebounded the Celtics 59-to-45, with a monstrous 24 offensive rebounds. It seemed like every missed three-pointer managed to find a Chicago player, and both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol completely abused Boston's frontcourt, bullying them to snatch every opportunity.
Jeff Green pulled another disappearing act with only 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting in 38 minutes of play, in addition to a bunch of air-balls, very lazy defense, and careless turnovers. Green sulked in the locker room after Friday's loss to Dallas, and appeared to let his frustrations carry over to Saturday with an underwhelming performance.
Tonight's loss unfortunately continues season-long trend of heartbreaking losses for the Boston Celtics. They just can't seem to put it all together, even though they show flashes of what they are capable of. Hopefully the Celtics can look back on the game and take positives from it, because there are certainly plenty of them.