Patrick Williams scored a season-high 17, and the Bulls made it look fairly easy against the team with the best record in the NBA. They led by 13 in the first half, had 21 in the third quarter and withstood a push to take the win after losing four straight and five of six.
DeRozan, who scored 41 in Friday’s loss to Orlando, scored eight goals in a span of just over a minute in the third. He also tacked and fed Alex Caruso on a reverse layup that made it 116-101 with less than three minutes left in the game.
Lavigne ran back after scoring four goals against the Magic and was benched in the final minutes. He had nine points in the fourth quarter.
Jason Tatum led the Boston team with 28 points. Jaylen Brown scored 25 points and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 23, making 5 of 6 three-pointers.
The Bulls led 46-31 in the second quarter after Coby White hit a 3 to close to 15-2 and were up 63-50 at halftime.
LaVine hit a 3 early in the third to make it 74-53. It was a 19-point game before Brogdon scored 3 in the dying seconds to start an 11-0 run.
Celtics: J. Marcus Smart (sore right ankle) was available after missing the previous two games. Interim coach Joe Mazzola said the Celtics would manage if Smart — Defensive Player of the Year — had to walk out of games every now and then. “I trust his work ethic and his ability to stay healthy,” he said. “If it’s inflated, he’ll do what’s best for the team. I trust him.” … The Celtics attempted 22 first-quarter shots and 17 three-pointers. They made five goals from outside the arc and six field goals in all this period, as Chicago clinched 28-23.
The Bulls: Coach Billy Donovan said NJ Kobe White (bruised left quad) needs to rebuild his stamina before he’s ready to play for extended periods. He played 4:20 against Orlando on Friday after missing eight games. “He’s a really good worker,” Donovan said. “His conditioning probably isn’t nearly the same as it was before the injury. But I think he’ll be back relatively quickly to the way he’s doing.”
Celtics: Hosts Dallas on Wednesday.
Bulls: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.
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