The Bulls and the Celtics have been through some epic games. Heck, even some epic playoff series. I don’t think anyone will ever forget their 2009 first-round playoff match-up. That series went the full seven games and four of those games went to overtime. Heck, one of those four games went to double-overtime and another went triple-overtime. It was an unbelievable series.
Their Friday night game offered a lot of that excitement. It’s a different cast of characters now but the intensity was still there.
In regulation, Joakim Noah was able to tie Paul Pierce up with about nine seconds left. The Bulls were down two at the time. Noah won the tip and, in a wild possession, Kirk Hinrich ended up with the ball and made the game-tying jumper with two seconds left to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Celtics were leading the Bulls, 99-98, with 12.5 seconds left. Boston played some helter skelter defense as the Bulls struggled to find an open man. The ball finally got to Marco Belinelli on a bad pass. Belinelli retrieved it and put up a wild fadeaway on the lower block as his keyster hit the floor. Somehow, with 3.1 seconds left, the ball went in and it gave Chicago a 100-99 lead. Courtney Lee’s desperation three did not go down and the Bulls escaped with the win.
It may not have been the 2009 NBA Playoffs but it was as wild and as good as it can get in the end. We hope to see more of their epic battles in the future. Maybe in the playoffs. Great shot by Belinelli despite how awkward it looked.