Jayson Tatum scored 21 points, Jaylen Brown 19 and the Boston Celtics coasted to a 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in Boston.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and nine rebounds, Kemba Walker added 14 points and Marcus Smart had 12 points for Boston, which won its second straight after a season-high three-game losing streak.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points, including a couple of highlight dunks. Thaddeus Young added 17 points for Chicago, which has lost seven of eight.
The Bulls trailed, 55-37, at halftime, but came out with a 17-5 run over the initial 4 minutes of the second half. Lavine had six points in the spree.
Chicago cut its large deficit at intermission to six points twice in the third, the last 67-61 on Kris Dunn’s 3-pointer from directly in front of Boston’s bench, but the Celtics closed the quarter with an 8-2 spurt to take an 83-71 edge into the fourth.
The Bulls never really threatened in the final quarter. They closed it to 95-84 with just less than 6 minutes to play on Daniel Gafford’s put-back basket, but never tested Boston the rest of the way.
Thunder 117, Timberwolves 104 — At Minneapolis: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to a victory over Minnesota.
Pelicans 117, Pistons 110 (OT) — At Detroit: Lonzo Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime and New Orleans beat Detroit in a matchup of injury-depleted teams.
Pacers 101, 76ers 95 — At Indianapolis: T.J. Warren blocked a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 29 seconds left, and Indiana scored the final seven points for a victory over Philadelphia.