Without Kyrie Irving, the Celtics demoralize the Bulls in Chicago with a 105-89 win
The Boston Celtics had one of their biggest wins of the year, blowing out the Bulls 105-89. The final score is way closer than the game really was as the Celtics were up 37 points at one point. This was an impressive win considering the last time they went into Chicago, without Kyrie Irving as well, they lost big to this Bulls team. However, Brad Stevens made sure the effort was there for 100% of the game to not let that happen again.
Without their superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics came out with a concerted effort on offense to get the ball moving and got the basket at will. They went on a 19-0 run mid first quarter and found themselves with a comfortable lead up 26-5 early. Jaylen Brown got going with some great moves inside and had 14 points at the end of the first period. After a day of his detractors coming at him full force, Al Horford took control of the offense and got some good looks in the post for 9 points in the first quarter. The Celts really hounded Chicago on the defensive end and limited them to just 16 points in the quarter and were up 35-16 by the end of the quarter.
Things were much of the same in the second quarter and Boston continued it's onslaught with another 20 points in the quarter. Although they slowed down a bit offensively, the Bulls still couldn't get anything going thanks to the tough perimeter defense by Boston. At the half, Chicago shot 28% as a team from the field and 23% from three. For the Celtics, Brown led all scorers with 14 points at the half while Horford and Tatum scored 11 each in the half. The C's shot 53% from the field as a team and really looked good moving the ball around the perimeter without their primary playmaker.
Coming out of halftime, the story was much of the same as the Celtics continued to pound the Bulls inside and got wide open mid-range jumpers, many from Jayson Tatum. Boston scored another 31 points in the quarter and were up by almost 40 points at one point. Lauri Markkanen was the only Chicago Bull that seemed to get himself going but the rest of the team struggled and couldn't dig themselves out of the giant hole they dug themselves into. In the 4th quarter, Boston put the pretty bow on the win in the 4th as the bench saw most the garbage time minutes. Chicago scored 36 in the quarter but the game was very much out of hand at that point.
For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown finished with a game high 21 points on 9-13 from the field. Jayson Tatum contributed 14 points while Al Horford chipped in 13 points of his own. Terry Rozier had another great game off the bench with 13 points and Greg Monroe finished one rebound shy of a double double with 10 points and 9 rebounds. For the Bulls, Denzel Valentine had a team high 20 points.
Next up for the Celtics who are now 45-20, are the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 8:00pm E/T on TNT.
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