After one, the Celtics  quest to finish the Bulls  got off to a rough start, with Chicago using a 10-0 run to take an early 21-11 advantage and ultimately building a 37-26 lead. The big drama came at the end of the quarter when Rajon Rondo  and Kirk Hinrich  squared off. Rondo was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul, while Hinrich received a technical. The difference is huge. A Flagrant 2 would have led to Rondo’s ejection.
The refs are calling this one tight. Joakim Noah  picked up two quick fouls, but the Celtics couldn’t capitalize because Kendrick Perkins  also got two fouls–two more than Perk got in 48 minutes+ of Game 5. Ben Gordon  and Brad Miller  also picked up two fouls. Without Perkins in the middle, the Bulls attacked the inside of the C’s defense, and when they kicked the ball out John Salmons  was there to make six of seven shots and score 16 points.
Ray Allen  and Paul Pierce  combined for 19 points and Brian Scalabrine  came off the bench to score seven. The rest of the team was 0-for-5. The Bulls, meanwhile, shot 68 percent in the first quarter.