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Tatum and Brown lead Celtics to 113-101 win over Bulls

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum didn’t hesitate when asked about the team’s chemistry nearly halfway into the season.

“It’s a lot of fun when everybody’s contributing. Guys are genuinely happy for one another’s success,” he said after the Boston Celtics coasted to a 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Tatum scored 21 points and Jaylen Brown had 19 to lead six Celtics in double figures.

Questioned a lot last season about the team’s chemistry with former guard Kyrie Irving as its leader, the under-achieving Celtics of last season didn’t exactly react quickly most of the time with guys being “genuinely happy” about each other’s play.

Enes Kanter had 15 points and nine rebounds, Kemba Walker added 14 points and Marcus Smart had 12 points for Boston (27-11), which won its second straight after a season-high three-game losing streak. Grant Williams added 11 points and Smart had eight assists.

Gordon Hayward chipped in with eight points, eight assists and six boards for Boston despite shooting just 4 of 11 from the floor.

“I thought he was really good in the first half,” coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward. “It’s really important that he leads us with his reads and passing.”

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points, including a couple of highlight dunks. Thaddeus Young added 17 points for Chicago (14-27), which has lost seven of eight.

“At halftime, we were disappointed in how we played. I thought we picked it up in the second half. I thought we came out, competed,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “We talked about winning the third quarter and we talked about winning the second half. That would help us win the game. We didn’t win the game, but we won the third quarter and we won the second half, so we’ll try to build off that.”

The Bulls trailed by 55-37 at halftime, but came out with a 17-5 run over the initial 4 minutes of the second half. LaVine had six points in the spree.

“They just came out and jumped on us early on their home floor,” LaVine said.

Chicago cut its large deficit at intermission to six points twice in the third, the last 67-61 on Kris Dunn’s 3-pointer from directly in front of Boston’s bench, but the Celtics closed the quarter with an 8-2 spurt to take an 83-71 edge into the fourth.

The Bulls never really threatened in the final quarter. They closed it to 95-84 with just under 6 minutes to play on Daniel Gafford’s put-back basket, but never tested Boston.

TIP-INS

Bulls: C Gafford returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle. … C Wendell Carter Jr. missed his fourth straight with a sprained right ankle.

Celtics: C Daniel Theis missed the game with right knee soreness. … G Marcus went to the floor early in the second quarter after banging his left knee into Ryan Arcidiacono’s right knee. Smart got up slowly after a short delay, but stayed in the game. He also was limping later in the quarter.

SALES PITCH

The Celtics handed out small posters of Walker, Brown and Tatum to the fans, with their stats on the front, asking them to vote for the three for the All-Star game.

Williams took it further, holding one of each player in front of him postgame before looking into the cameras and telling the media: “If all them make it, I’ll be dying my hair pink for a month.”

Asked the shade, he replied: “I will let the fans choose what pink I’d dye my hair. It can be the brightest pink in the world or the darkest pink. If all three of them make it, it’ll happen.”

TOTAL CONTROL

The Celtics only trailed once in the game - 6-4 in the opening quarter - and that was just for 22 seconds. They opened their first double-digit lead (21-9) on Walker’s 3 and shot 52.5 % in the opening quarter (21 of 40) en route to a 28-14 lead at the break.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Wizards on Wednesday night. Beat Washington on the road in the clubs’ first game, 110-109, in overtime on Dec. 18.

Celtics: Host the Pistons Wednesday in the teams’ second meeting of the season. Boston won the first, 114-93, at home on Dec. 20.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:35 +2 Enes Kanter made driving layup 0-2
11:17   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
11:11   Personal foul on Daniel Gafford  
11:00 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 0-4
10:37   Tomas Satoransky missed jump shot  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
10:19   Traveling violation turnover on Enes Kanter  
10:06   Lauri Markkanen missed driving layup  
10:00   Offensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
10:00 +2 Lauri Markkanen made dunk 2-4
9:49   Out of bounds turnover on Gordon Hayward  
9:32   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
9:32 +1 Tomas Satoransky made 1st of 2 free throws 3-4
9:32 +1 Tomas Satoransky made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-4
9:25   Offensive foul on Enes Kanter  
9:25   Turnover on Enes Kanter  
9:13 +2 Daniel Gafford made dunk, assist by Tomas Satoransky 6-4
8:56   Personal foul on Lauri Markkanen  
8:50 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk, assist by Kemba Walker 6-6
8:34   Tomas Satoransky missed floating jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:25   Personal foul on Tomas Satoransky  
8:19 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 6-8
8:09 +2 Zach LaVine made fade-away jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 8-8
7:55   Lost ball turnover on Kemba Walker, stolen by Tomas Satoransky  
7:52   Tomas Satoransky missed driving layup, blocked by Jayson Tatum  
7:48   Offensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
7:45   Zach LaVine missed layup  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
7:39   Jayson Tatum missed layup, blocked by Daniel Gafford  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
7:36   Out of bounds turnover on Kris Dunn  
7:22   Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
7:11   Lost ball turnover on Tomas Satoransky, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
7:11   Shooting foul on Daniel Gafford  
7:11 +1 Jaylen Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 8-9
7:11 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-10
6:53   Zach LaVine missed jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
6:42 +2 Kemba Walker made driving layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 8-12
6:32   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Kemba Walker  
6:21   Personal foul on Kris Dunn  
6:21 +1 Kemba Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 8-13
6:21   Kemba Walker missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:20   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
6:20 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 8-15
6:20   Shooting foul on Luke Kornet  
6:20 +1 Enes Kanter made free throw 8-16
6:07   Out of bounds turnover on Luke Kornet  
5:47   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
5:33   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
5:33   Lauri Markkanen missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:33   CHI team rebound  
5:33 +1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-16
5:17   Jaylen Brown missed driving dunk  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
5:11   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
4:54   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
4:44 +2 Kemba Walker made finger-roll layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 9-18
4:17   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   BOS team rebound  
4:02   Gordon Hayward missed jump shot  
3:59   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
3:50   Luke Kornet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
3:40 +3 Kemba Walker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 9-21
3:28   Out of bounds turnover on Zach LaVine  
3:13   Grant Williams missed floating jump shot  
3:11   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
3:02   Shooting foul on Grant Williams  
3:02   Kris Dunn missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:02   CHI team rebound  
3:02 +1 Kris Dunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-21
2:50   Gordon Hayward missed fade-away jump shot  
2:46   Offensive rebound by Grant Williams  
2:45 +2 Grant Williams made dunk 10-23
2:26   Chandler Hutchison missed finger-roll layup  
2:24   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
2:19 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brad Wanamaker 10-26
2:02 +2 Kris Dunn made driving layup, assist by Coby White 12-26
1:39   Gordon Hayward missed driving layup, blocked by Chandler Hutchison  
1:35   Offensive rebound by Grant Williams  
1:33   Brad Wanamaker missed turnaround jump shot  
1:30   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
1:17 +2 Coby White made floating jump shot 14-26
0:54   Out of bounds turnover on Grant Williams  
0:34   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:31   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
0:25   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
0:25 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 14-27
0:25 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-28
0:03   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Grant Williams  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Chandler Hutchison missed driving layup  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
11:27   Enes Kanter missed hook shot  
11:25   Defensive rebound by Chandler Hutchison  
11:04 +3 Thaddeus Young made 3-pt. jump shot 17-28
10:45   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:42   Offensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye  
10:40   Brad Wanamaker missed jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
10:30   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:26   CHI team rebound  
10:18   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
10:04 +2 Coby White made driving layup 19-28
9:51   Shooting foul on Daniel Gafford  
9:51   Jayson Tatum missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51   BOS team rebound  
9:51 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-29
9:33   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:31   BOS team rebound  
9:09 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 19-31
8:59   Ryan Arcidiacono missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
8:49 +2 Brad Wanamaker made floating jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 19-33
8:27   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
8:16 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot 19-36
7:58 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot, assist by Zach LaVine 21-36
7:38   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
7:18 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot 23-36
6:57 +2 Enes Kanter made reverse layup 23-38
6:41   Zach LaVine missed jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:19 +3 Brad Wanamaker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 23-41
5:59   Luke Kornet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
5:51   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
5:39 +2 Thaddeus Young made driving layup 25-41
5:13   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
5:02   Lost ball turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by Marcus Smart  
4:43   Grant Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
4:19 +2 Tomas Satoransky made driving dunk 27-41
3:58 +2 Grant Williams made jump shot, assist by Brad Wanamaker 27-43
3:39   Shooting foul on Grant Williams  
3:39 +1 Tomas Satoransky made 1st of 2 free throws 28-43
3:39 +1 Tomas Satoransky made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-43
3:22   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup  
3:19   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
3:14 +2 Zach LaVine made finger-roll layup 31-43
2:58 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk, assist by Marcus Smart 31-45
2:43 +2 Lauri Markkanen made driving layup 33-45
2:23 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk, assist by Grant Williams 33-47
2:08   Lauri Markkanen missed layup, blocked by Grant Williams  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
2:02 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot 33-49
1:46   Tomas Satoransky missed turnaround jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
1:41   Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   CHI team rebound  
1:30   Shooting foul on Gordon Hayward  
1:30 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 34-49
1:30 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-49
1:18 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 35-51
1:03   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
1:03 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 36-51
1:03 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-51
0:52   Personal foul on Zach LaVine  
0:45 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 37-53
0:37   Zach LaVine missed fade-away jump shot  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
0:29   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
0:15   Shooting foul on Lauri Markkanen  
0:15 +1 Marcus Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 37-54
0:15 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-55
0:03   Zach LaVine missed finger-roll layup  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Tomas Satoransky missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:47   Defensive rebound by Kemba Walker  
11:32   Jayson Tatum missed driving layup, blocked by Daniel Gafford  
11:32   BOS team rebound  
11:28   Jaylen Brown missed fade-away jump shot  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
11:19 +2 Lauri Markkanen made layup 39-55
11:01 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 39-57
10:41 +2 Lauri Markkanen made layup, assist by Daniel Gafford 41-57
10:28   Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:25   Defensive rebound by Daniel Gafford  
10:13 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup 43-57
9:59   Bad pass turnover on Enes Kanter, stolen by Lauri Markkanen  
9:53 +2 Daniel Gafford made reverse layup, assist by Tomas Satoransky 45-57
9:32   Gordon Hayward missed fade-away jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
9:18 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 48-57
9:05   Gordon Hayward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
8:59 +2 Tomas Satoransky made layup, assist by Zach LaVine 50-57
8:59   Shooting foul on Gordon Hayward  
8:59   Tomas Satoransky missed free throw  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
8:48 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 50-60
8:28   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
8:28 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 51-60
8:28 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-60
8:23   Out of bounds turnover on Kemba Walker  
8:13   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:09   Offensive rebound by Daniel Gafford  
8:09 +2 Daniel Gafford made dunk 54-60
7:55   Traveling violation turnover on Enes Kanter  
7:44   Traveling violation turnover on Tomas Satoransky  
7:32 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Grant Williams 54-63
7:14   Out of bounds turnover on Zach LaVine  
6:59   Personal foul on Daniel Gafford  
6:55