Deng, Boozer score 21 as Bulls beat up Celtics 100-89

Posted Dec. 19, 2012, at 5:22 a.m.

CHICAGO — Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-89 on Tuesday night.

Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.

Nate Robinson scored 18 points for Chicago and keyed a fourth-quarter surge that put the game out of reach.

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 26 points and eight assists. Paul Pierce added 16 points.

The Celtics have lost a season-high three straight games, all on the road.

The Bulls improved to 4-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. Chicago bounced back from an 80-71 loss in Memphis on Monday, putting up their lowest point total in five seasons.

One bright spot for Boston was that Rondo turned the ball over just three times after totaling 14 in his previous two outings. Rondo turned the ball over 33 times in Boston’s six games coming in.

The Bulls blew the game open with a 16-5 run to start the fourth quarter. Robinson hit three of his five 3-pointers during the run and scored 15 of his 18 points from behind the arc.

Noah fed Taj Gibson for his 10th assist with 8:07 to go in the fourth, increasing Chicago’ advantage to 15. His previous triple-double came against Milwaukee on Feb. 22.

Gibson scored a season-high 13 points off the bench, seven in the fourth quarter.

Robinson and Jimmy Butler scored six points each as the Bulls extended their lead to 13 points in the second quarter. Robinson two 3-pointers, and the Bulls shot 54 percent in the first half.

Boston closed the half with a 7-2 run, with Rondo banking in a 3-pointer and scoring a layup to pull the Celtics within 55-48 at the break. Rondo had 13 points and five assists in the opening half, while Kevin Garnett added 10 points and seven boards while hitting all five of his shots from the floor.

Rondo had 13 points and three assists in the third quarter and brought the Celtics within three on a layup with 3:40 to go in the period. Chicago scored the next nine points and led 79-70 entering the final period.

Boston was outscored 30-12 after narrowing the lead to three in the third. Garnett was 0 for 5 and went scoreless after halftime.

Deng scored 14 points in the first quarter, going 8 for 8 from the line as the Bulls took a 28-23 lead. Noah assisted on Chicago’s first four field goals and finished with six rebounds and five assists in the period.

HEAT 103, TIMBERWOLVES 92: The Miami Heat were outrebounded by 28, matching the second-largest margin in team history. They finished with only 24 boards, matching the second-lowest total in any game over the franchise’s quarter-century of existence.

Somehow, none of that mattered.

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Heat survived a strangely one-sided night on the glass to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday night in Miami — becoming the first team since 1994 to be outrebounded by such a wide margin and still win, according to STATS LLC.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that, where you get doubled up on the rebounding and still escape with the win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s a tough team. They’re unique. Relentless on the glass. There’s not many teams like them.”

The final rebounding margin: Minnesota 52, Miami 24.

Chris Bosh scored 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat, who gave up 21 of the game’s first 24 rebounds.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 for Minnesota, which played without guard Ricky Rubio, who’s being eased back after recovering from knee surgery. The Timberwolves dropped their second straight. Kevin Love finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic had a 18-point, 12-rebound effort for the Timberwolves.

“We were pretty active. What we take away from it is we’ve got to be more physical,” Love said. “I’m not saying we’re soft but we definitely need to be more physical. And we are in stretches.”

James topped the 20-point mark for the 27th straight regular-season game and 43rd straight overall.

“We’re getting better every night,” James said.

A 24-9 run in the second half was the deciding blow for Miami, with James leading the way, getting 11 of those points and assisting on three other scores during the spurt. James had a pair of 3-pointers during the run, including one that put Miami up by 10 late in the third, and then he capped it with a three-point play after connecting on a running jumper with 10:26 left.

In eight minutes, what was a 63-62 deficit became an 86-72 Miami lead.

And when James took an alley-oop from Ray Allen for a dunk in transition with 7:36 left, the lead was 16 — then Miami’s largest — and the reigning NBA MVP’s streak of 20-point games was extended as well. On the next Miami possession, James found Shane Battier for a 3-pointer along the left wing. The lead was 97-78 with 7:09 left, and James walked back to the Heat bench pumping his right fist with satisfied emphasis.

“That’s an unbelievable rebounding team,” Wade said. “We made up for it with our energy.”

That, and 14 blocks, tied for fourth-most in Heat history. Miami blocked 15 shots on three other occasions.

Wade — generously listed at 6-foot-4 — blocked a two-handed dunk try by the 6-10 Love at the rim to spark one second-quarter burst, and also registered a block against the 6-11 Pekovic later in the period.

Wade had a pair of spectacular plays at the rim in the second as well, and he set Chalmers up for a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in the half to send Miami into the break with a 52-49 edge.

It was the fifth straight time the Heat have beaten the Timberwolves. The last time Minnesota beat Miami was Feb. 23, 2010 — not all that long ago in real time but eons ago in Heat time, considering none of the five players in the starting lineup for that loss were even on last season’s championship team, much less on the current roster.

Luke Ridnour scored 13 and JJ Barea added 10 for Minnesota.

“I like the way our guys battled,” Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said. “We just have to respond.”

Minnesota’s frontcourt of Kirilenko, Love and Pekovic knew it had a size advantage, but what it managed on the glass in the early going was ridiculous. Minnesota’s rebounding edge was 13-2 after nine minutes — Love already had seven — and 18-3 after the first quarter.

The Timberwolves had 17 second-chance points in the first quarter alone, after coming into the night averaging 15 per game all season.

NOTES: Miami plays at Dallas on Thursday, which would be just the second road game for the Heat since Nov. 17. It’s only a one-game trip, with the Heat back home to face Utah on Saturday and then host Oklahoma City in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day. … Adelman said before the game that there’s no need to rush Rubio back into the lineup, and also lauded Spoelstra — who he’s known for years. … Love had 10 rebounds by the midpoint of the second quarter. No Heat player finished with more than seven rebounds. … Pekovic had nine offensive boards. Miami, as a team, had six.

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