By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The Celtics broke their two game losing streak and weathered through Chicago’s late run to take the 110-101 win.
Boston started off strong scoring a season high 64 points at the half. Avery Bradley scored 11 points in the first quarter and finished with 21 points and 4 steals. Five Celtics scored in double figures.
The Bulls and Jimmy Butler (28 points and 14 rebounds) made a late surge and closed the gap to as little as a point, but Isaiah Thomas came alive shutting the door. In the final 4:28, Thomas scored 6 points and recorded an assist.
- Jae Crowder had an uncharacteristically slow night shooting 3-10 from the floor for 7 points and was a minus-7 while on the court.
- Tyler Zeller had one of his best games in a long time. In 16 minutes off the bench, the big man finished with a line of 7 points (3 for 6 shooting), 4 rebounds and an assist.
- Marcus Smart’s hustle was on full display against the Bulls. He continues to shoot very poorly (3 for 12) and finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
- The Celtics finally got back to their defensive roots on Friday. During the teams rough patches, it appeared that they lost their way on the court and I think it came from falling in love with the three point shot and not having a “defense is your offense” mentality. The C’s forced 20 Chicago turnovers and held the Bulls to just 11 assists as a team.
- They also had 26 points off turnovers.
- Jared Sullinger notched his 13th double-double of the season dropping 18 points and 12 boards.
The Celtics were scheduled to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, but due to the blizzard going up the east coast, that game will be played on Sunday.