Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls, 109-99

No overtime. No problem.

The most closely contested and longest playoff series in NBA history concluded last night, the Celtics taking a 109-99 victory over Chicago at TD Banknorth Garden.

Four games in the first-round series extended past 48 minutes, seven overtime sessions in all. The Celtics' ability to close things out relatively quickly in Game 7 brought the series to an anticlimactic conclusion.

Though the 10-point margin was a comparative blowout (five games w...