Derrick Rose scored 28 points and blocked Rajon Rondo’s potential game-winner, and John Salmons scored 35, as the Bulls beat the defending champions 128-127 in triple overtime Thursday night to tie the first-round series at three games apiece.
Ray Allen scored a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, but the series — which has had a record four games go a total of seven overtimes — will go back to Boston for Game 7 on Saturday.
Rondo penetrated and pulled up on the left block with 8 seconds left and turned, only to be rejected by Rose. The rookie of the year then missed two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining, before Rondo launched a harmless heave from beyond midcourt.
Allen finished three points shy of John Havlicek’s club playoff record and tied the NBA playoff mark with nine 3-pointers.
Magic 114, 76ers 89
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Playing without suspended star Dwight Howard and injured guard Courtney Lee, Orlando beat Philadelphia in Game 6 to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Howard, who was suspended one game by the NBA for his elbow on Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in Game 5, will return when the Magic play the winner of the Boston-Chicago series.
Rashard Lewis scored 29 points and Rafer Alston had 21 to help the Magic win on the road for the second time this series. The Magic’s decisive run came early when they made 12 of their first 19 shots.
Alston hit two 3-pointers during the Magic’s fast start that put them up 15 and quickly negated the home crowd. J.J. Redick made all three 3-point attempts in the first half and ably filled in for Lee, who had surgery on his fractured sinus Thursday and could possibly be out two more weeks.
Andre Miller scored 24 points for the Sixers, who were eliminated in the first round for the second straight season.