For NBA rookies like Brian Shaw, playing against Michael Jordan is something between a defensive challenge and a rite of passage.

Jordan scored 52 points, the most in the NBA this season, and set a Boston Garden record with nine steals to power the Bulls to a 110-104 victory over the Celtics. The triumph snapped Chicago's 12-game losing streak in Boston and was thefirst by a Central division team in 45 games at the Garden.> "I saw him on TV and he gives you all those moves and he looks spectacular," Shaw said. "But when you play against him you get a front row view, and mando you find out that's he for real."