DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 37 points on 15-of-20 shooting with 7 rebounds, Zach LaVine had 26 points and 7 assists, and the Chicago Bulls rallied past the Boston Celtics for a 128-114 road win on Monday, November 1 (Tuesday, November 2, Manila time).
The Celtics led by as many as 19 points late in the third quarter before the Bulls responded with a 29-9 surge between quarters to take a 106-105 lead on Ayo Dosunmu’s three-pointer with 6:53 remaining.
Chicago stretched its lead to double figures after that and outscored Boston 39-11 overall in the final quarter.
Dosunmu finished with 14 points, Lonzo Ball added 12, and Nikola Vucevic totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Bulls, who earned their sixth win in seven games to open the season.
Jaylen Brown had 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Celtics. Jayson Tatum scored 20, Al Horford chipped in 20 with 10 rebounds, and Marcus Smart scored 16 for Boston.
Boston dropped to 2-5, marking its worst seven-game start since beginning the 2006-07 campaign with six losses in seven games.
Boston was up 67-59 at halftime after Brown scored 15 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter.
With the Celtics trailing 46-35, Brown’s layup at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter started a 13-2 run in which he scored all of his team’s points, capped by a three-pointer to tie the game at 48 with 5:56 left before halftime.
DeRozan scored 11 of his 21 first-half points in the opening quarter to help get the Bulls off to a quick start. Chicago led 20-11 midway through the period before Boston used on a 24-14 run to go up 35-34 entering the second.
Chicago wraps up its quick two-game road trip at Philadelphia on Wednesday, while Boston opens a three-game road swing at Orlando on Wednesday. – Rappler.com