The Boston Celtics earned their second win in as many days with an impressive 119-103 road victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
The Bulls kept the score fairly close throughout the first half, but a 18-2 Celtics run to start the third quarter made it tough for Chicago to mount a serious comeback attempt.
Jaylen Brown played a key role in that surge with 14 points in the third quarter. He led the C's with 26 points overall. Marcus Smart scored 13 points and dished out 11 assists -- tying his career high. C's rookie Aaron Nesmith also contributed off the bench with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after missing the last five games, and he scored 24 points in 31 minutes.
The Bulls were paced by Zach LaVine, who poured in 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Chicago also committed 18 turnovers and shot only 10 free throws in the loss.
Here's how Monday night's game unfolded.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 119, Bulls 103
CELTICS' RECORD: 10-6
Jayson Tatum goes up-and-under on the baseline for the basket.
Jaylen Brown steals the ball and scores in transition.
C's rookie Aaron Nesmith hit both of his 3-point shots in the first half.
Jayson Tatum spins to the baseline and finishes in traffic.
Semi Ojeleye finds Daniel Theis all alone under the hoop for an easy two points.
Jaylen Brown has perfected the Euro step.
Marcus Smart dished out 11 assists, and he also made an impact defensively.
Speaking of Smart's assists, this behind-the-back dime was nice.
Carsen Edwards continues to provide scoring off the bench.