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Highs & Lows – Bulls 100, Celtics 99

I’ve got a special spot in my heart for shooting basketball. Going to a Big Ten school, I had plenty of opportunity to cover the best college basketball teams in the country on a regular basis. Granted, these teams were playing my mediocre Northwestern Wildcats, but I got to photograph them, nonetheless.

I’ve always appreciated the flow of a basketball game, especially close games, since every possession is a battle. That fight was apparent Friday night when I covered the Bulls as they visited the Celtics at the Garden. Neither team wanted to quit, and the result was an overtime win for the Bulls on a last-second jump shot. Of course, that meant a whole bunch of great celebration shots I had of the Celtics were rendered useless, but sometimes those are the breaks in this business.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 -- BOSTON -- From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 — BOSTON — From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

Not gonna lie, being a sports photographer is a pretty good gig most of the time. Just ask Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who took his turn shooting from the floor.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

Sweet Sixteen

It’s been awhile since I’ve covered an NCAA Tourney, but I had a chance this weekend to jump right back into the swing of things with the Tufts Jumbos women as they hosted the first two rounds of the Division III Dance. Tufts being the host also gave me the opportunity to strobe the otherwise dim and cavernous Cousens Gymnasium and have a little more forgiveness with my remote cameras.

But more importantly, I got to make pictures of the Jumbos as they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with two hard-fought wins, characterized by their tough, nationally ranked defense. Here’s a selection of photos from the second-round game between Tufts and Johns Hopkins.

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos celebrate Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos celebrate Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Chantel Mattiola gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, right, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Chantel Mattiola gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, right, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Maggie Fruehan loses possession of the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Maggie Fruehan loses possession of the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Stephanie Fong falls after Tufts guard Bre Dufault, A13, steals the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Stephanie Fong falls after Tufts guard Bre Dufault, A13, steals the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila boxes out Tufts forward Hayley Kanner, A15, with some help from Johns Hopkins guard Fatu Conteh in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila boxes out Tufts forward Hayley Kanner, A15, with some help from Johns Hopkins guard Fatu Conteh in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos bench cheer in the closing seconds of Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos bench cheer in the closing seconds of Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Dance Party

I thought I’d have seen my Northwestern Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament before the Boston University Terriers. But then there I was, sitting in T’s Pub on Comm Ave., watching as BU got selected to face Kansas in the opening round of the Big Dance.

Life is good in the America East Conference. Here’s hoping for an upset on Friday!

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU freshman guard Malik Thomas watches the start of the NCAA Tournament selection party with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU freshman guard Malik Thomas watches the start of the NCAA Tournament selection party with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Patrick Hazel expresses his anticipation for NCAA Tournament selection show with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Patrick Hazel expresses his anticipation for NCAA Tournament selection show with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien and forward Patrick Hazel joke around as they wait for their seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien and forward Patrick Hazel joke around as they wait for their seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Dom Morris waits for the Terriers' seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Dom Morris waits for the Terriers' seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien, and forward Chris Kurz celebrate their selection to the NCAA Tournament at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien, and forward Chris Kurz celebrate their selection to the NCAA Tournament at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.

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