BOSTON – Celtics returned from a terrible trip with a resounding journey.
Kyrie Irving had 17 points and seven assists, while Jaylen Brown reached 18, as Boston beat Chicago Bulls 111-82 on Wednesday night.
"One of the toughest things in this league is to go on the road, good or bad, and play well against home fans," said Irving. "For us there was a conscientious effort to be more aggressive and somehow play the game as it came."
Celtics returned home for the first time since he left 1-4 on a long trip, which has been reversing a loss back in Utah and Portland. After the slow start of the first quarter, Boston began to run from Bulls in the second quarter and never gave up.
"When we scored a few hits, I thought we felt much better about ourselves," said coach Brad Stevens.
Gordon Hayward scored 11, Al Horford scored 10 points and eight rebounds, with all five Boston initials reaching double figures.
Celtics scored 22 matches in 22 matches, leaving their second and third in four matches.
"They came out and hit us in the second quarter," said Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg. "The big thing in this league is to find a way to fight through problems and play through difficult times, and obviously we did not do it well tonight."
Jabari Parker scored 14 points for Bulls in the first quarter but the remainder was excluded.
Shaquille Harrison led Chicago with 16 points. Zach LaVine had 10 points and nine assists, Wendell Carter Jr. He added 11 points and seven rebounds.
"We just did not score points," LaVine said. "We played really good defense, but the flood gate opened and we could not respond."
Celtics dominated in the second quarter, Holding Chicago to 11 points in five goals areas, and continued to eliminate in the second half. In the fourth quarter they led a 22-point lead and cleared the bench. Reserves extended an advantage 33 years ago.
Terry Rozier had 12 points for Boston, while Aaron Baynes finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
After crossing 9 for 23 in the first quarter, Celtics elected Chicago 32-11 in the second quarter and forced Bulls into seven turnovers.
Rozier's free throw after a technical error on LaVine won the 28-year tie and started Boston at the match 12-0. Celtics eliminated Bulls for 5:14, while pulled forward for 42-30, then closed the period to 9-2 spurt for 51-35 halves lead.
Baynes opened the fourth quarter for Boston with a 3-pointer and added a three-point game with 9:46 remaining to extend the limit to 87-64.
Hayward followed the jumper, then converted the three-stage game, as Celtics opened 92-64 bulk from 9:32 left.
Celtics made 12 stolen seasons led by Hayward's three and blocked five shots. Chicago's 82 points reached the lowest point Boston allowed this year.
"We were ready, I think we were ready for other games, but we have to match that with the relationship and the pursuit of performance on both sides," said Irving.
Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (right-elbow) is for the first time for the first time for the first time in this season, Hoiberg said. "Laurie today could increase his activity and did not have any pain after him, which is a great sign. It's still the same period of time – a few weeks," Hoiberg explained.
Celtics: F Marcus Morris has become ill with a disease, missing his first match in the season. In the first 13 matches, Morris came in with a bench and is fourth in a group that scored 11.8 points per game. "We are better with Marcus. There is no doubt about this, we want it back ASAP," said Stevens.
Bulls visit Milwaukee on Friday night.
Celtics host Toronto on Friday night.
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