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Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls 105-89 without Irving

CHICAGO (AP) This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.

They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn't going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.

''Kyrie didn't play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,'' Brown said. ''Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.''

Jayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.

''We were ready to play,'' coach Brad Stevens said. ''Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.''

Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.

''They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''We quit playing.''

Zach Lavine said the Bulls were ''terrible all around'' and added: ''There's no excuse for what we did out there.''

STRONG START

It didn't matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday's loss at Houston, but his absence didn't stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.

They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.

This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.

After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford's steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.

IRVING UPDATE

Stevens wasn't sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.

''It doesn't sound like it's a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,'' Stevens said.

With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.

Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals - each of them 3-pointers.

''He was great,'' Stevens said. ''It's one of the things we talked about - who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. ... The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.

Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. ... Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls ''in the next couple of weeks.'' Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday.

Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday.

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Key Players
A. Horford
42 C
Z. LaVine
8 PG
27.1 Min. Per Game 27.1
17.6 Pts. Per Game 17.6
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
49.8 Field Goal % 38.9
49.5 Three Point % 39.6
74.2 Free Throw % 79.0
  Team rebound 0:00
  Jerian Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:08
+ 3 Jerian Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cristiano Felicio 0:33
  Bad pass turnover on Greg Monroe, stolen by Cameron Payne 0:39
+ 2 Cristiano Felicio made dunk, assist by Jerian Grant 0:49
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 1:01
  Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
+ 1 Jerian Grant made 3rd of 3 free throws 1:25
+ 1 Jerian Grant made 2nd of 3 free throws 1:25
  Jerian Grant missed 1st of 3 free throws 1:25
Team Stats
Points 105 89
Field Goals 41-84 (48.8%) 32-81 (39.5%)
3-Pointers 12-36 (33.3%) 12-33 (36.4%)
Free Throws 11-12 (91.7%) 13-20 (65.0%)
Total Rebounds 55 45
Offensive 12 7
Defensive 41 29
Team 2 9
Assists 25 18
Steals 7 14
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 18 13
Fouls 13 16
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
20 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Celtics 45-20 35203119105
home team logo Bulls 21-42 1613243689
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 45-20 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Bulls 21-42 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Brown SG 14.5 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.6 APG 46.5 FG%
D. Valentine SF 10.2 PPG 5.1 RPG 3.2 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Brown SG 21 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
D. Valentine SF 20 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
48.8 FG% 39.5
33.3 3PT FG% 36.4
91.7 FT% 65.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 28 21 4 3 0 0 3 0 9/13 1/4 2/2 0 4 28 +29
J. Tatum 19 14 5 2 0 1 0 2 5/12 2/6 2/2 0 5 24 +25
A. Horford 22 13 7 2 1 1 1 1 6/8 1/1 0/0 1 6 25 +31
S. Larkin 16 9 4 4 2 0 1 1 3/3 3/3 0/0 0 4 22 +20
A. Baynes 17 4 7 1 0 1 2 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 4 12 +26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 28 21 4 3 0 0 3 0 9/13 1/4 2/2 0 4 28 +29
J. Tatum 19 14 5 2 0 1 0 2 5/12 2/6 2/2 0 5 24 +25
A. Horford 22 13 7 2 1 1 1 1 6/8 1/1 0/0 1 6 25 +31
S. Larkin 16 9 4 4 2 0 1 1 3/3 3/3 0/0 0 4 22 +20
A. Baynes 17 4 7 1 0 1 2 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 4 12 +26
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Rozier 31 13 3 7 1 0 1 0 4/11 3/8 2/2 0 3 30 -8
G. Monroe 19 10 9 0 1 1 5 1 5/7 0/0 0/0 3 6 16 -9
M. Morris 22 7 5 1 1 0 1 2 3/10 1/5 0/0 1 4 14 -8
M. Smart 26 7 2 4 0 0 2 0 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 1 15 +4
D. Theis 17 4 6 1 1 1 1 3 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 4 13 -6
A. Nader 12 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 3/4 0 0 2 -17
S. Ojeleye 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 -7
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 105 53 25 7 5 18 13 41/84 12/36 11/12 12 41 202 +80
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 30 12 4 1 1 1 0 1 5/10 2/5 0/0 0 4 20 -28
D. Nwaba 29 10 3 3 2 0 3 3 3/7 1/1 3/6 2 1 18 -23
K. Dunn 28 7 4 4 1 0 3 3 3/10 1/3 0/0 0 4 17 -26
B. Portis 27 7 6 1 0 0 2 1 2/8 0/3 3/3 1 5 13 -33
Z. LaVine 27 4 0 1 3 0 2 2 1/11 0/4 2/4 0 0 7 -29
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 30 12 4 1 1 1 0 1 5/10 2/5 0/0 0 4 20 -28
D. Nwaba 29 10 3 3 2 0 3 3 3/7 1/1 3/6 2 1 18 -23
K. Dunn 28 7 4 4 1 0 3 3 3/10 1/3 0/0 0 4 17 -26
B. Portis 27 7 6 1 0 0 2 1 2/8 0/3 3/3 1 5 13 -33
Z. LaVine 27 4 0 1 3 0 2 2 1/11 0/4 2/4 0 0 7 -29
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Valentine 28 20 5 2 2 1 2 3 7/11 4/6 2/2 0 5 30 -2
C. Payne 19 10 0 2 3 0 1 1 4/7 2/4 0/0 0 0 16 +10
J. Grant 7 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 2/4 2/3 2/3 0 0 11 +12
C. Felicio 21 8 5 1 1 0 0 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 16 +16
N. Vonleh 16 3 9 2 0 0 0 0 1/7 0/3 1/2 3 6 16 +13
J. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lopez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 89 36 18 14 2 13 16 32/81 12/33 13/20 7 29 164 -90