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Guard sinks game winner in OT

Belinelli to Chicago’s rescue

(Charles Krupa)
AP Bulls guard Marco Belinelli puts up the game-winning basket in the final seconds of overtime against the Celtics Friday in Boston. The Bulls beat the Celtics 100-99.

BOSTON – Marco Belinelli sank a fall-away jumper with 3.1 seconds left, capping a wild 100-99 overtime victory for the Bulls over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden.

Courtney Lee’s jumper at the buzzer wasn’t close.

Luol Deng exited late in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury, and Jimmy Butler took advantage.

The second-year forward scored six straight points in overtime, finishing with 13 overall.

The Bulls won their second straight road game in overtime after prevailing Wednesday night in Toronto.

Carlos Boozer posted his 10th double-double in 11 games and his Eastern Conference-leading 22nd overall with 19 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. Joakim Noah also had a double-double, and Richard Hamilton scored 20 points.

The Bulls struck first in overtime when Joakim Noah split two free throws with 3:23 remaining. Paul Pierce followed with a drive, and Carlos Boozer also split his free throws with 2:52 left to tie the game at 90-90.

Butler then scored on a dunk off a nice feed from Kirk Hinrich and, following a Jason Terry 3-pointer, put home an alley-oop from Noah. His two free throws with 1:16 left came after Rajon Rondo fouled out pursuing his missed shot.

Kevin Garnett sank a jumper to pull the Celtics within one, but Marco Belinelli drew a foul and sank both free throws with 50.1 seconds left.

Paul Pierce fouled out Hinrich and sank both free throws with 43.7 seconds left.

After a Celtics score, Belinelli then had a wild possession in which he took a crazy shot.

In regulation, Rondo’s jumper gave the Celtics a two-point lead with 36.6 seconds left. Carlos Boozer got fouled by Paul Pierce with 22.5 seconds left but only split his two free throws.


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