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Terry Rozier sends blunt message to Celtics' critics after Bulls rout

Terry Rozier sends blunt message to Celtics' critics after Bulls rout

The Boston Celtics took some heat during their slow start to the 2018-19 season.

Now, Terry Rozier is giving it back.

The Celtics guard addressed his team's critics quite directly Saturday night following Boston's 133-77 win over the Chicago Bulls, the team's biggest win in franchise history.

"We've won our last couple games so we want to keep it going," Rozier said. "And everybody can shut up. Because everybody's been very annoying when we've been losing. Very annoying."

You heard the man.

Early criticisms of the Celtics weren't exactly unwarranted, as the preseason favorite to win the Eastern Conference stumbled to a 10-10 record out of the gate.

The C's have won five games in a row since then, though, with Rozier averaging 11.4 points per game over that span. And considering Rozier and his teammates knew it would take time to hit their stride with Gordon Hayward returning to the lineup, they probably didn't appreciate folks writing them off before Christmas.

Rozier made that much very clear Saturday night.

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Celtics deliver historic win over Bulls; extend winning streak to five in a row

Celtics deliver historic win over Bulls; extend winning streak to five in a row

The Boston Celtics delivered yet another beating against a bad team in hammering the Chicago Bulls in historic fashion.

Boston opened the game with a 17-0 run and just continued to pour it on the Bulls before the final horn sounded with the Celtics walking away with a 133-77 win.

The 56-point margin was the largest ever by the Celtics all-time and nearly doubled the previous record against the Bulls (30).

Chicago came within 13 points in the second quarter, but the Celtics responded with a flurry of points to pull away for the easy win.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds, and there were a ton of star-worthy candidates for the Celtics as you can imagine, throttling of the Chicago Bulls. 

STARS

Daniel Theis: No Al Horford (knee), no problem for the Celtics and Theis. He delivered in a big way for the Celtics, filling in for Horford to tally a career-high 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

STUDS

Jayson Tatum: He was a central figure in Boston’s fast start and finished with a solid stat line of 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting in just 21 minutes.

Jaylen Brown: As the game got way, way out of hand, Brown did a nice job of using his time on the floor to continue working his way back into form after missing a few games with a lower back injury. He came off the bench to finish with a team-high 23 points.

Marcus Morris: Morris had the hot hand early on that seemed to be contagious to the rest of the team, scoring all 12 of his points in the first quarter.

DUDS

Bulls entire team: This was an embarrassment on an unprecedented level. Boston is the better team and should have won this game easily. But the Bulls showed little to no fight, a clear disconnect with their new coach that seemed to be even greater than what we saw between them and the fired Fred Hoiberg.

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Here are the craziest stats from Celtics' historic beatdown of Bulls

Here are the craziest stats from Celtics' historic beatdown of Bulls

Want to hear a massive understatement? The Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

This is factually true, but it doesn't capture the absolute disaster that unfolded at United Center.

So, here are three stats that more accurately sum up the Celtics' 133-77 demolition of the Bulls:

1. Boston's 56-point win was its largest margin of victory in team history. The previous record was 51.

2. The win also tied an NBA record for the biggest road victory in NBA history.

3. The loss was the worst in Bulls franchise history.

Basically, Saturday night was one of the most lopsided NBA games ever. (Seriously: C's big man Daniel Theis was a plus-50.)

But the Celtics also reached two other notable milestones in the rout.

First up: Boston made 22 3-pointers Saturday, marking the fifth straight game the team has 13 or more deep balls.

Not coincidentally, the C's have scored at least 115 points in all five of those contests (all wins), tying a streak they set over 20 years ago in the Larry Bird era.

Those impressive marks haven't exactly come against elite competition -- Boston's last five opponents all have had losing records -- but facts are facts, and these numbers should be enough to silence the Celtics' haters for a bit.

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