Chicago Bulls defeat Boston Celtics, 96-83

Defending the Celtics has become a simpler proposition with Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace absent.

The halfcourt offense is becoming claustrophobic and opposing teams are crowding out center Kendrick Perkins.

“I really think the toughest thing for us right now is we have no low-post scoring,’’ coach Doc Rivers said after a 96-83 loss to Chicago last night. “Perk’s doing the best he can, but even he is getting double teams now. With Kevin and Rasheed out you can see a...

The Chicago Bulls resembled the team that pushed the Celtics to seven games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last May. And against an exhausted, depleted, and underwhelming Celtics team, that was plenty good enough last night for a wire-to-wire win.

Wasting myriad chances to rally, the flat Celtics paid for their miscues, dropping a 96-83 decision to the Bulls at TD Garden, their sixth home loss.

Chicago’s defense forced the Celtics into perimete...