May 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago Bulls lost their first playoff game without Derrick Rose. The Boston Celtics overcame the absence of their starting backcourt to defeat Atlanta.
The Philadelphia 76ers outscored the top-seeded Bulls 36-14 in the third quarter and went on to a 109-92 victory in Chicago to even their best-of-seven National Basketball Association first-round series at one game apiece.
It was Chicago’s first game since Rose, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, was lost for the rest of the playoffs with a knee injury.
Jrue Holiday had 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Lou Williams added 20 points for the eighth-seeded 76ers, who hit 59 percent of their shots. Joakim Noah led Chicago with 21 points.
Paul Pierce had 36 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who were missing point guard Rajon Rondo because of a suspension
and shooting guard Ray Allen because of injury.
The Celtics, who trailed by five points after three quarters, outscored Atlanta 26-14 in the fourth period.
Joe Johnson had 22 points for the Hawks at Philips Arena in
Atlanta. The series is tied 1-1.
The third games of the two series are set for May 4, in Boston and Philadelphia.
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