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CHICAGO - Pau Gasol feels healthy and comfortable. Tee Shirt Olivier Giroud . The 34-year-old veteran even thinks he can leap higher after previously dealing with knee problems.It looks as if he is on his way to a big year with the Chicago Bulls.Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 109-104 in overtime on Saturday night.The last couple years, I had issues with my knees. I couldnt really jump as much as Im jumping now, said Gasol, who had a career-high nine blocked shots in his previous game. Not that Im jumping super high, maybe an inch more.Aaron Brooks added 19 points for the Bulls (24-10), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose had 12 points apiece.Evan Turner scored 24 of his 29 points after halftime, but Boston dropped to 2-6 since trading Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18. Avery Bradley had 17 points for the Celtics (11-20).The Bulls were without starters Jimmy Butler (bereavement leave) and Mike Dunleavy (right ankle). Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points in his first start, and Kirk Hinrich replaced Butler for the Bulls ninth different starting lineup of the season.They do what they need to do to win, obviously, even when theyre not playing well, Turner said.The Celtics were coming off a 119-101 loss to Rondo and the Mavericks on Friday. Jared Sullinger scored 16 points in Bostons fourth consecutive road loss.Rose stole the ball and passed to Joakim Noah, who found Gasol for a layup for a 103-99 lead with 2:21 left in overtime. Two Gasol free throws and a Rose layup extended the lead to 107-103 with 24.8 seconds left. The Bulls then held on despite going 2 for 4 at the line in the final eight seconds.It was Gasols 17th double-double in his first season with the Bulls. He is averaging 18 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.Hes playing really good basketball for us and he definitely adds a very different, unique and very positive dimension to our team, Noah said.The Bulls shot 37 per cent from the field and committed 18 turnovers. The Celtics shot 45 per cent and turned the ball over 22 times.A Gasol jumper and free throw gave the Bulls a 98-95 lead with 1:13 left in regulation. Green made two free throws to cut the lead to one. Gibson was fouled with 22.7 seconds left and made one of two free throws, and Sullinger scored on a putback with 2.6 seconds left to tie it at 99.Brooks then missed a 3 at the buzzer.NEW ROLEThe Bulls liked what they saw from Mirotic at small forward. He had eight rebounds and four assists. He also helped limit Jeff Green to 4-for-18 shooting and 11 points.He tried to figure out offensively all the moves and positions and spots he had to be at, Gasol said. That affected maybe his rhythm a little bit and his shot. Defensively, he did a great job on Jeff Green, really hustled.TIP-INSCeltics: G Jameer Nelson (sprained ankle) missed the game. ... The Celtics were 9 for 11 at the line, compared to 29 for 40 for the Bulls. They did a great job of getting to the line, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. I thought it was a pretty well-called game. We just fouled them too much.Bulls: Dunleavy is day to day after injuring his right ankle in Thursdays 106-101 victory over Denver. Hes still sore, so we cant put him out there right now, coach Tom Thibodeau said. Well see where he is tomorrow and go from there. Dunleavy had yet to miss a game with the Bulls since joining the team in 2013. ... Roses shooting woes continued. He was 5 for 18 from the field and is 19 for 78 over his last four games.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Charlotte on Monday.Bulls: Host Houston on Monday. Maillot Antoine Griezmann .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Maillot Griezmann France . -- Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night. .Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and the Bulls pulled away from the Nets for a 105-80 victory on Wednesday night. Chicago held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26.TORONTO — Canadas world junior team has lost forward Robby Fabbri for the remainder of the tournament due to a high ankle sprain.The St. Louis Blues prospect suffered the injury after throwing a routine body check at Denmarks Anders Krogsgaard on Friday early in the first period of Canadas 8-0 quarter-final win.Im disappointed obviously for Robby cause it is a huge loss for our team, said coach Benoit Groulx.The 19-year-old Fabbri could not put any weight on his right skate as he was helped off the ice. He did not return to the game. Fabbri had two goals and four assists to go along with a plus-7 rating in Canadas first four games.Groulx responded to Fabbris injury by promoting Brayden Point to a line with team captain Curtis Lazar of the Ottawa Senators and Connor McDavid, the presumptive No. 1 pick in this years NHL draft. Point, who was Canadas 13th forward entering the world junior championships, gave Canada a 7-0 lead in the third period for his second goal of the tournament.Brayden Point did a great job of stepping in, said Lazar. He fit in nicely with me and Connor, we were happy to get him a goal. ... Hes been a competitor and a player, for something to happen like that, it is the game of hockey and the way she goes sometimes but now theres extra more motivation to win it for him.Point was modest about his performance, instead expressing concern about Fabbris injury.I thought we did a good job, you never like to see a teammate go down, said Point, a draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Maillot Dimitri Payet. . I thought we did a good job. We have a lot of skill guys.Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen moved down to the third line with Nic Petan and Nick Paul.Groulx is uncertain of how his lines will look Sunday when Canada faces Slovakia at in the semifinals, but liked what Point adds with McDavid. IIHF rules prevent Canada from replacing Fabbri on the roster, so 12 healthy forwards remain for Sundays game.I just think Connor needs that a little bit with them, a guy that can play with him, that can make plays with him and maybe the line of Nic needs another shooter with them, said Groulx. We like to balance our lines with speed, with size, with skill.Point, who has 17 goals and 44 points in 29 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, was in unfamiliar territory as the 13th forward.Its a little different for sure, but I dont think its tough. Its awesome when were winning games, said Point. The goal is the gold medal so its definitely not tough to watch other guys compete. I thought I played pretty well going into a bigger role. You never like to see anyone go down.When Point made the team as the teams extra forward, the coaching staff used the Martin St. Louis analogy. St. Louis was part of a group of forwards who played the role of the extra forward at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.The coaching staff told me about Martin St. Louis (at the Olympics), said Point. Thats a guy thats making $6 million a year. Its part of the team. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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