Derrick Rose scored 28 points and blocked Rajon Rondo’s potential winning shot, John Salmons scored 35 and the Bulls beat the defending champions in triple overtime on Thursday night, 128-127, to tie this Eastern Conference first-round series at three games each.
Ray Allen scored a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, but the series will go back to Boston for Game 7 on Saturday after another classic battle in a series that has already seen its share of drama.
Three of the first five games went to overtime, including one that needed two extra periods. Another came down to the wire in regulation, but Game 6 easily trumped them all.
With eight seconds left, Rondo penetrated, pulled up on the left block and turned, only to have his shot rejected by Rose. Rose, the rookie of the year, then missed two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining before Rondo launched a harmless shot from beyond midcourt.
That ended the game. The series, however, continues.