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Celtics 95, Bulls 91

Celtics show they’re alive with win vs. Bulls

Rajon Rondo keys victory with triple-double

The Celtics knew full well that the Bulls dismantled the Bobcats by 31 points Friday night - without Derrick Rose. So when they found out yesterday that Rose would miss a second consecutive game with a sore back, they kept their mental focus - and they were right to hold their ground.

Regardless of whether the reigning Most Valuable Player is in the lineup, the Bulls are a mirror image of those Celtics teams of a few years ago, defensively sound and relentless. So the Celtics, after Friday night’s disaster in Toronto, made a statement in front of a national television audience, most of whom likely are convinced that Boston is little more than a distraction for the Eastern Conference powers.

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