"Our offense finally came alive," Pierce said. "We moved the ball. We knew that's what we were going to have to do to score 100 points."
Rivers kept Rondo, Pierce and Ray Allen in the game until the final minutes even though the game was well out of reach. The Bulls were burned by that in the opening round in Game 1 when they left Derrick Rose in with a 20-point lead. He tore his ACL and was lost for the season — and the Sixers rolled to a series win.
The Celtics intend to keep up the pressure in Game 4 — and beyond.
"When you beat a team like this at home, you have to expect them coming out with a lot of energy," Garnett said. "But we'll be ready and we'll have a lot of energy ourselves."
Notes: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and several other Eagles were at the game. ... Former Sixers owner Ed Snider watched the game from a courtside seat. ... Rivers was named to the NBA's Competition Committee. He said he had no idea until he received a letter saying he had been selected. ... The Celtics missed their first seven shots of the game, then made their next five.