Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls, 106-80

Last season’s Celtics-Bulls playoff series was memorable for its competitiveness and drama.

But there were few reminders of that seven-game, seven-overtime classic last night as the Celtics took a 106-80 victory over the Bulls at the United Center.

The Celtics (19-4), who will take a 10-game winning streak to Memphis tomorrow, turned the game into a rout in the third quarter in one of their strongest performances of the season. Seven Celtics finished in double figures s...

This was no rematch of last year's epic Eastern Conference first round series. The Celtics are a completely different team than the one that barely edged the Bulls in seven games. And the Bulls are different too.

Boston is playing in championship form, having won 10 straight while the Bulls are a complete mess, giving up in the second half. Chicago shot 26 percent in the final two quarters, and if not for Jannero Pargo's garbage-time contribution, that number dips to 8 ...

It’s not the easiest task.

Rajon Rondo thinks he’s fast enough to challenge an NFL running back and an Olympic gold medalist to a race. The job when you’re not chasing him for 40-plus minutes is to try to stay in front of him.

Meanwhile, three future Hall of Famers are lurking behind your back, all at Rondo’s disposal.

Your choices: a) try to paste yourself to him, or b) take your chances cheating to help defend one of the others. And when it’s time to make up you...

When the Chicago Bulls’ Brad Miller clotheslined Rajon Rondo with 8:32 remaining in the first quarter of the Celtics’ 106-80 victory last night, it provided a flashback to Game 5 of the teams’ playoff series last season. Then, as Miller drove to the basket, he was hit in the head by Rondo.

“The hit was softer than I expected,’’ Rondo said. “I knew I was going to get hit, going back to last year. It wasn’t as hard as it seemed. I think he tried to go for my face but he h...