CHICAGO — The final time they played Boston, the Chicago Bulls walked off the courtroom with the most lopsided loss in franchise record and small signals of hope.
Contemplate this rather a adjust.
Zach LaVine scored a profession-high 42 factors, Lauri Markkanen finished with a own-best 35 factors and 15 rebounds, and the Bulls obtained some payback with a 126-116 victory in excess of the Celtics on Saturday night time.
“That’s in the earlier, a couple of months back,” Markkanen claimed. “We experienced it in the back again of our minds. We didn’t converse about it also substantially. The coaches didn’t say nearly anything about it.”
LaVine and Markkanen became the 1st Chicago teammates to score 35 or extra in the similar activity given that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen every single experienced 37 factors at Phoenix on Nov. 20, 1996.
LaVine surpassed his past high of 41 at New York on Nov. 5. Markkanen, whose best coming in was 33 from the Knicks final time, became the fourth Chicago player in 10 several years to score 20 or extra in eight straight game titles. And the Bulls gained their time-high third in a row although returning the favor for a 133-77 beating at the United Centre in December that was also the biggest romp in the Celtics’ storied record.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 37 factors and 10 helps. Al Horford scored 19, but the Celtics lost for the fourth time in 6 game titles.
“You’re likely to have clunkers in the NBA,” coach Brad Stevens claimed.
This was 1. But Irving is not anxious the Celtics’ struggles will have into the playoffs.
“No,” he claimed.
“Because I’m listed here,” Irving claimed.
The Bulls went on an 18-3 operate to begin the next quarter, wiping out a 5-point deficit, and obtained up by as substantially as 15 in the 1st fifty percent before using a 64-51 direct to the locker home.
They scored eight straight early in the third to go up 72-53, Robin Lopez’s hook and floater capping that spurt. Markkanen’s 3 built it 87-62 with 6:25 left in the period of time, and the Bulls withstood a thrust down the extend.
Irving strike a 3 to slash it to 94-86 early in the fourth. But Markkanen answered with 1 of his have, then drove for a a few-point participate in to make it a 14-point activity with 9:28 remaining.
Wanting back again
It was a significant adjust from the past conference, when Chicago’s starters obtained benched for about the final 20 minutes in what was Jim Boylen’s third activity as coach immediately after replacing the fired Fred Hoiberg. Some players elevated the probability of boycotting exercise the adhering to day. As an alternative, they held a players-only conference and another with coaches and management.
“I assume it introduced us alongside one another as a crew for the reason that there had been factors that had been claimed that perhaps you didn’t want to listen to — each sides, coaches and players,” LaVine claimed.
Celtics: Stevens experienced optimistic testimonials for Northwestern’s renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena, immediately after the Celtics practiced there on Friday. “I’ve often believed it’s fun to go to unique locations and often it’s an opportunity to see anything new, be in a new gym. With (Northwestern coach Chris Collins’) link with our Duke players I knew that would be fun. I know a great deal of fellas on that staff and have a couple friends on the soccer staff as effectively. We experienced an additional time to arrive.” Collins played at Duke and was a longtime assistant there before using the Northwestern work in 2013. He was on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff for Irving’s lone time there in 2010-11. Jayson Tatum — now in his next year — also played at Duke. Stevens built two visits to Northwestern when he coached Butler.
Bulls: Boylen experienced no update on F Otto Porter Jr., who sat out the next fifty percent for the reason that of a strained lessen left leg. … The Bulls outrebounded the Celtics 49-32 and built 20 of 21 foul photographs. … Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy obtained a standing ovation when he was shown seated together the baseline during a timeout late in the 1st fifty percent.
Celtics: Take a look at the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
Bulls: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.