The Boston Celtics finished off the second of a “Causeway Day” double-header Saturday night with a 117-92 win over the Chicago Bulls at the TD Garden.
Coming into tonight’s matchup, the Bulls have won seven of their last eight, which included a December 11, 108 – 85, home win over the Celtics.
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics came out of the tunnel firing on all cylinders and shot the ball extremely well, 71.4 percent from the floor, to propel them to a 33-31 lead to close out the first quarter.
Even though the Celtics came back to planet earth and were out-rebounded in the second, they were still able to maintain a two-point lead over the Bulls heading into halftime.
Within the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Celtics were able to go on a 13-2 run to jump out to a 73-60 lead in a quarter. The Celtics never looked back after a quarter in which they outscored their opponent 38-18.
During the fourth quarter both teams struggled to score, going minutes at a time without scoring. But it was the Celtics who were able to find a way to control the final stretch of the game to pull out a strong win at home against a hot Bulls team.
There was a scoring party tonight at The Garden with all five Celtics starters scoring in double-digits. Irving led the way with 25 points (9-15 FG) and seven assists. Jayson Tatum had himself a night filling the stat sheet with 13 points, (1-3 3PT,) seven rebounds and five assists. Plus Jaylen Brown returned to the floor tonight with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Daniel Theis crushed it on the boards with 15 rebounds to go with 10 points off the bench.
As a team, the Celtics shot 47.8 percent to with 37.5 percent from three-point-land, while limiting turnovers and finding a way to put the ball away close to the basket. With the win, the Celtics are now 27-9 on the season.
UP NEXT: The Celtics welcome the Washington Wizards to the TD Garden on Christmas Day (Monday) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pre-game coverage beginning at 5:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com