Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls, 107-86

CHICAGO - The Celtics felt like the playoffs had started without them.

If so, the faux Celtics were replaced last night by the hard-edged, defense-oriented Celtics, who took a 107-86 victory over the Bulls in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

Paul Pierce scored 24 points in 27 minutes, his hot start setting the offensive tone as the Celtics led from the opening possession. But it was the Celtics' defense, the best in the NBA in field goal percentage, wh...