Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls, 96-80

The Celtics displayed the defensive intensity that has made them defending NBA champions in taking a 96-80 win over the Chicago Bulls last night.

It also helped that the Bulls performed like a masquerading professional team before a costumed Halloween crowd, which started dashing for the exits as the Celtics' starters departed midway through the final quarter.

"We wanted to establish ourselves defensively," said Paul Pierce. "We felt like in Game 1 [a 90-85 win over ...