November 15, 2018 / 3:07 AM / 4 months ago

Balanced Celtics run away from visiting Bulls

Jaylen Brown scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and the Boston Celtics cruised to a 111-82 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving finished with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds while committing one turnover in 28 minutes. Jayson Tatum (14 points), Gordon Hayward (11) and Al Horford (10) also contributed to the blowout as all five starters scored in double digits.

Shaquille Harrison scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Bulls. Jabari Parker added 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting, and rookie Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 11 and seven rebounds.

Boston snapped a two-game losing streak and posted its most lopsided victory of the season. The Celtics have won each of their past seven home games against the Bulls.

Chicago lost by at least 25 points for the third time this season. The Bulls have lost two in a row, three of four and seven of nine.

Bulls guard Zach LaVine finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting, which ended his career-high streak of 15 games in a row with at least 20 points. The only player in franchise history with a longer 20-point streak is Michael Jordan.

Irving made 6 of 8 shots, including his lone attempt from 3-point range. He needs 33 more points to reach 10,000 for his career.

Irving’s backup at point guard, Terry Rozier, played for much of the second half with the game out of reach. Rozier finished with 12 points despite shooting 5 of 15 from the field and missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

Boston built a 51-35 halftime lead.

The Celtics trailed 24-19 after the first quarter but responded with a 32-11 outburst in the second quarter. Brown and Tatum drained two 3-pointers apiece for Boston in the second quarter while Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart each added one.

The Bulls slipped further behind after the Celtics opened the second half on an 11-4 run. Irving dished a pass to Brown for a layup to increase Boston’s lead to 23 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

A 15-5 start to the fourth quarter pushed Boston’s advantage to 92-64.

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