Bulls beat Celtics in triple OT, force Game 7 (video)

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The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 128-127 in triple overtime Thursday night, sending the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series to a deciding seventh game.

John Salmons top scored for the Bulls with 35 points, while Derrick Rose added 28 and blocked a potential game-winning shot from Rajon Rondo.

Ray Allen registered a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, but he couldn’t get his team past the persistent Bulls.

With the score tied at 123-123 in the third overtime, Joakim Noah stole the ball and broke upcourt for a dunk, got fouled by Paul Pierce and hit the free throw with 35.5 seconds remaining.

Eddie House responded with a corner jumper, that pulled Boston within 126-125, but Chicago’s Brad Miller then hit two free throws to get the lead back up to three with 28 seconds to play.

Rondo penetrated, pulled up on the left block and turned, only to have his shot blocked by Rose. Rose then missed two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining before Rondo launched a harmless shot from beyond midcourt.

The series goes down to the wire in Boston on Saturday with the winners facing the Orlando Magic.

VIDEO: Chicago Bulls beat Boston Celtics in triple overtime