Boston Uses a Big 4th Quarter to Pull Away in Chicago

The Boston Celtics used a 4th quarter surge to defeat the Chicago Bulls 124-113 on Saturday night.

With just a 3-point lead entering the final frame, the Celtics used a 29-21 period to take down the pesky Bulls on a second night of a back-to-back. 

Despite allowing the Bulls to shoot over 57% from the field, Boston's defense locked in down the stretch to pull out a clutchtime win in the windy city.
Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics in the scoring column, putting up 26 points and 6 assists. JT struggled a little during the 2nd half but showed up in crunch time for some timely buckets and free throws to put the game out of reach.

Sam Hauser started in Chicago on Saturday and made his mark. He scored 23 points on just 9 field goal attempts, including a scorching 7/8 from three-point range. 

Al Horford added 23 of his own points and 8 rebounds as the OG continues to laugh in the face of Father Time. 

Payton Pritchard continued his outstanding play of late, scoring 15 points, dropping 8 dimes, and recording a team-high +17 in 34 minutes. Boston has now won 9 consecutive games, moving their record to 57-14 on the season. 

It's hilarious when you think about the fact that the gap between Boston and the second-place Milwaukee Bucks is the same size as the gap between Milwaukee and the ninth-place Chicago Bulls.

The Celtics 11.5 game lead in the East means they can clinch the #1 seed as soon as Monday night.

The Celtics next game will be Monday night in Atlanta. Go Celtics!