BOSTON (AP) – Luol Deng scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Ben Gordon added 20 points, including a thunderous go-ahead dunk with just over three minutes remaining, to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 106-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Andres Nocioni scored 16 points for the Bulls, who have won five of six. Chris Duhon added 11 points, including four critical free throws in the final seconds, and finished with seven assists.

Paul Pierce had 43 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Celtics.

Ricky Davis scored 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting.

The Bulls trailed by seven, 87-80, after the Boston’s Delonte West and Duhon traded 3-pointers.

Chicago then went on an 18-6 run that included 10 points by Deng and six from Gordon, including his dunk with 3:01 left, giving the Bulls a 98-93 lead.

Pierce scored 12 points to help the Celtics seized control near the end of the third period.

In the fourth, the Celtics led by as many as seven before the Bulls rallied.

Gordon hit a 3-pointer at 4:28 to cut the deficit to two points, 91-89. Davis hit two free throws to give the Celtics a four-point lead, but a jumper by Deng and two free throws by Kirk Hinrich tied the game at 93-all.

Pierce kept it close down the stretch, hitting a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 102-99.

The Bulls led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter.

Deng scored on a layup to give the Bulls a 51-36 lead. But the Celtics, who got 20 first-half points from Pierce, used a 9-2 run to close to within eight points, 56-48, at the half.

Notes: Chicago’s 34 first-quarter points were the most scored against Boston this season. … The Bulls are 0-2 against Atlantic Division foes. … The Bulls are the only NBA team without a 15-point per game scorer. Six players are averaging double figures. … Rivers was ejected for the first time this season at 5:32 in the second quarter after arguing a foul call on Delonte West and being assessed two technicals.

AP-ES-12-02-05 2243EST


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