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In Battle of Top Defenses, Boston's Better

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We probably should have seen this coming. Both the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls typically use elite defensive play to drag along their inefficient offenses, leaving their head-to-head matchups to be waged as a battle of attrition. That was certainly the case in Wednesday’s ugly, tightly officiated affair, in which Boston escaped with a 71-69 win.

The scoring limitations of both teams were in full view throughout Wednesday’s game, but the third quarter — which the Bulls “won” 13-8 — showcased a really remarkable level of offensive inadequacy. One particular two-and-a-half-minute stretch comes to mind; after Kevin Garnett made a jumper with 8:29 remaining in the frame, Boston and Chicago combined their efforts into 12...

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