Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls, 118-90

The 2007-08 Celtics were specialists in administering the coup de grace to opponents.

If they had a team down at the half, that team died a slow death in the second half. Of the 57 games in which those Celtics held a halftime lead, they won 49 of them. When they were ahead going into the fourth quarter they were 57-7.

The Celtics decimated the Bulls, 118-90, last night, digging a 15-point hole for Chicago by halftime. And the message Paul Pierce wanted to get across ...

Just when you thought the Celtics would be challenged, they obliterate a team that looked so good the night before. Chicago was impressive in beating San Antonio on Thursday. On Friday the Bulls looked overwhelmed and pedestrian. Luol Deng, a force on most nights, was relegated to garbage baskets.

"That's a good team," he said after the Celtics 118-90 win. "They took us out of our rhythm and made us take shots we didn't want to take. It's like they didn't miss a beat....