The Boston Celtics (27-11) won their second straight game, this time a 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls (14-27). The effort was what many Celtics referred to postgame as a “total team win,” given that six C’s scored in double figures to in another balanced offensive showing.
In a game in which the Celtics were expected to win, they did so in convincing fashion, taking a 28-14 lead after one quarter and maintaining it the rest of the night.
After a back-and-forth first few minutes, Boston quickly turned an 8-8 tie into a 16-8 lead with an 8-0 run. Enes Kanter and Kemba Walker, who each scored three points during the run, combined with Jaylen Brown for the eight points over a span of just 51 seconds.
As the first quarter waged on, the Celtics proved not just more dominant offensively, but defensively too. They limited the Bulls to just 14 points, which set a new first-quarter low for a Boston opponent this season. The previous low was 18 points, which was logged by two separate Celtics’ opponents. And, Boston was able to lead by as many as 16 during the first quarter alone.
Gordon Hayward scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter, but he found a way to contribute in other ways throughout the rest of the game, including finding open teammates and bringing energy on the defensive end.
He recorded a game-high eight assists to go along with six boards – opening up the floor for teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the process. On the night, No. 20 authored an impressive individual plus/minus rating of plus-14.
Lead the team in assists though Abby. I’m telling you…. he sees the floor so well it lets Jay and Jay and Kemba do what they can more freely.
— nunya (@callinyouout81) January 14, 2020
By far G-time’s most impressive of his eight points was this alley-oop from Brown with just under five minutes remaining in the contest to extend the Boston lead.
Jaylen Brown on his lob to Gordon Hayward: "I threw it expecting him to go get it and he looked at me like, 'Nah.' … I should've just thrown it right at the rim and let him catch it and get a little baby dunk, but he came down with it so it was all good." pic.twitter.com/ii9mzY4W41
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) January 14, 2020
On the night, six Celtics scored at least 11 points, with Jayson Tatum’s 21 leading the way. The Celtics tallied 28 assists and committed just 12 turnovers in a highly efficient display of basketball.
Enes Kanter led the game with nine rebounds and also scored 15 points while Marcus Smart led the game with three steals. Lastly, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson tied for the game high in blocks with two apiece.
The depth of Boston really showed against a young Bulls squad, and it is comforting to know that one guy doesn’t have to do it all every night. This Celtics team can win in a variety of ways, which should bode well moving deeper into the season.
The C’s will be back at it Wednesday, when they welcome the Detroit Pistons (14-27) to TD Garden, and they will be looking for their third consecutive home win. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. ET.