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The Celtics' Kyrie Irving makes a no-look pass between the Bulls' Kris Dunn and Justin Holiday (7) in the second quarter Saturday night in Boston. Irving scored 25 points in the Celtics' 117-92 romp.


BOSTON — Kyrie Irving scored 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and the Boston Celtics coasted to a 117-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum added 13 points, and Al Horford and Aron Baynes each had 10 for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics (27-9) as all five starters were in double figures. Reserve guard Marcus Smart scored 11 points and rookie Daniel Theis grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Bobby Portis paced the Bulls (10-22) with 17 points. Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen both scored 10. Chicago lost its second straight after a seven-game winning streak.

The Celtics avenged a lopsided defeat in Chicago when they lost by 23 on Dec. 11. Irving didn't play that game because he was rested.

Boston shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and outscored the Bulls 38-18 in the third quarter.

Brown nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven points as the Celtics opened the third with a 13-2 run, pulling out to a 73-60 lead.

After the teams alternated baskets for a couple of minutes, Boston took charge by scoring 15 of the next 19 points. Irving had a pair of 3s during the run and Tatum added one.

Boston led 98-76 after three.

Chicago missed 12 of 18 shots overall in the third and committed six turnovers.

The Bulls went into Saturday having scored 100 or more in eight straight games. 


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