The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Monday night, 102-96. The win – the Bulls’ second in a row after a five-game skid – nudged the Bulls into 10th place in the Eastern Conference, and it came without leading scorer Zach LaVine, who missed his third straight game (healthy & safety protocol).
Nikola Vučević led the way for Chicago with 29 points and nine rebounds, while Coby White contributed 19 points and seven assists on just one turnover.
Former Celtic Daniel Theis added six points, six rebounds, and four assists against his former team.
Jayson Tatum had an incredible night, recording a triple-double (albeit on 3-17 shooting) with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Tatum became the second-youngest Celtic to achieve a triple-double in franchise history (Marcus Smart).
Jaylen Brown led the way for Boston with 23 points.
First Half Struggle
The Bulls struggled throughout much of the first half. Boston made over half of their field-goal attempts (51%) while the Bulls shot a measly 38%, including just 5-17 (29%) from three-point range.
The Celtics extended their lead to as many as 12 points in the second quarter, led by Jaylen Brown’s 13 first-half points, but could only take a six-point lead heading into halftime.
Bulls Defense Shows Up Again
For as much as it struggled in the first quarter, the Bulls defense showed up once again. The Celtics came out cold from the halftime break, posting a 39% field-goal percentage in the third quarter as the Bulls earned a 74-66 lead heading into the fourth via a 24-10 run.
But, the Celtics would not go away, battling throughout the fourth. Eventually, the Celtics tied the game at 90 on a Jaylen Brown three-pointer with just 3:25 remaining.
The Bulls went on a 6-0 run from there, putting enough distance between themselves and Boston. The C’s crept back within two points with 16.5 seconds left, but the Bulls made their free-throws down the stretch and came out with the 100+ points.
It was the second straight game in which the Bulls gave up less than 100 points after going six straight with giving up 100+ points. It was a big one too, and against a good team, as Boston was riding a six-game win streak heading into this one.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Bulls head to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM CDT over on NBC Sports Chicago. Catch up on all the latest Bulls news, rumors, and content on Bulls On Tap, presented by On Tap Sports Net.