Boston Celtics

Rising star Jaylen Brown went off for a career-high 32 points and Greg Monroe messed around and got a triple-double in a Boston Celtics, 111-104, win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at the TD Garden.

Coming into the TGIF game, the Celtics were losers of two straight, with both coming on the road. And the Bulls recently snapped a seven-game losing streak by winning three in a row prior to shipping up to Boston.

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Marcus Morris and Guerschon Yabusele got the start in place of Al Horford and Jayson Tatum, who both got the night off. And Shane Larkin made his return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to an illness.

Prior to tip-off there was an update on Marcus Smart by way of Scott Souza of the Providence Journal.

Even though the Celtics shot 54.2 percent in the first, the Celtics and Bulls were all tied up at 30 heading into the second, after Chicago nailed 4-of-6 from three.

Jaylen Brown went off for a game-high 12 points in the first quarter, on 5-of-6 shooting. And would later finish the night with a career and game-high 32 points on 7-of-10 from three and 57.9 percent shooting from the field.

Chicago took a 51-40 lead with 5:18 remaining in the second. But Jabari Bird and the Celtics responded with a 15-7 run to close out the first-half with a three-point deficit at, 58-55.

With 1:44 left in the third, both Marcus Morris and Chicago’s Bobby Portis were ejected from the game after they each received technical fouls for getting into some extra circulars following a whistle.

Portis was in Morris’ face after the play and he wasn’t having that, so he gave him a little shove. No big deal. They took their fouls but after the call, Portis and Morris bumped again. It was more like a rub up, but that was that. See you later!

Morris had 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field upon his departure from the game.

After a two minute scoring draught, plus two more draughts, which lasted more than a minute each, the Celtics would eventually out-score the Bulls 24-18 in the third to take a 79-76 lead into the fourth.

The Celtics went to work at the 8:19 mark in the fourth, and kick-started an 18-10 run over the course of more than six minutes to take a 107-98 lead with 1:42 left in the game.

With just 36.6 seconds left on the clock, Brown knocked down what would be considered the three-point game-winning dagger to give the C’s a 110-100 lead.

Greg Monroe and the Celtics finished off the Bulls in the closing seconds for a 111-104 win.

With the win, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has now won a career single-season high 54 games.

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Monroe finished the game with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists off the bench for his second-career triple-double.

Bird had a career-high 15 points on 70 percent shooting from the field. And Jonathon Gibson dropped nine points (3-5 3PT) in his Celtics debut.

In his return, Larkin finished with zero points (0-1 FG), two rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes on the floor.

Sean Kilpatrick led all Bulls scorers with 24 points (8-13 FG) and three rebounds.

As a team, the Celtics finished with a season-high 35 assists, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three. And the Bulls finished the night shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three.

AUDIO: Jaylen Brown Goes Off For A Career-High 32 Points

UP NEXT: The Celtics (54-25) welcome the Atlanta Hawks (23-57) to the TD Garden for a Sunday matinee to top off a two-game homestand. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 12:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.

— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman,

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