The Boston Celtics hold on to a fragile two-point lead on the back of great clutch defense to close out Chicago Bulls. The Celtics beat the Bulls 114-112 at home on Saturday night. This win helped Celtics get back to .500 with a 22-22 record, but they remain out of the Play-In contention.
For the Celtics, all of their starters scored in double digits. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 23 and 19 points respectively. Robbie Williams III had another good game with 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with two blocked shots. Dennis Schroder contributed with 16 points and eight assists while Al Horford added 17 points.
For the Chicago Bulls, Nikola Vucevic led the scoring with 27 points. DeMar DeRozan contributed with 23 points and seven assists. Bulls’ young stars Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu added 19 and 21 points respectively. Dosunmu also had 10 assists for the game.
The Celtics were always ahead of the Bulls but not by much. The Celtics at one point had a double-digit lead but couldn’t sustain that. However, the Celtics never gave away the lead until the 4th quarter. With four minutes into the 4th quarter, DeRozan made a 19-footer mid-range jumper for an easy deuce. This gave the Bulls their 1st lead since the 1st quarter.
The Bulls extended their lead to as much as seven points, making the score 108-101, during the final few minutes of the game. The Celtics then went on a tear with a 13-4 run to close out the Bulls. This run also included the last defensive possession where they survived two shots from Chicago Bulls.
Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls go down to the wire
The Boston Celtics were leading 114-112. It was Bulls’ ball with 9.7 seconds remaining on the clock. The Bulls inbounded the ball that went straight to their go-to man DeMar DeRozan. Celtics double-teamed him and he passed the ball to a wide-open Vucevic who missed the 3-pointer. DeRozan got the offensive rebound and had another shot at it, but thanks to the tough contest from the Celtics, the ball merely just sniffed the net from the outside and the Celtics won. The Twitterati had opinions of their own after the Celtics win and Bulls’ 3rd loss in a row: