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Game 6: First quarter update

After one, the Celtics [1] quest to finish the Bulls [2] 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 [3] and Kirk Hinrich [4] 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 [5] picked up two quick fouls, but the Celtics couldn’t capitalize because Kendrick Perkins [6] also got two fouls–two more than Perk got in 48 minutes+ of Game 5. Ben Gordon [7] and Brad Miller [8] 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 [9] was there to make six of seven shots and score 16 points.

Ray Allen [10] and Paul Pierce [11] combined for 19 points and Brian Scalabrine [12] 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.