Irving-less Boston hold off Bulls
The Boston Celtics propelled themselves back in the right direction on Monday evening, as the visitors defeated the Chicago Bulls 105-89 at the United Center.
Leading the way for Boston was Jaylen Brown, as the 21-year old shooting guard from Marietta, Georgia had a game high 21 points while picking up four rebounds and passing out three assists for the contest.
The result was nowhere near as close as the final score line as the Celtics gave up 36 points in the fourth quarter after only giving up 29 before half-time.
Boston was up by 26 points at the half and succinctly defined the gulf in talent between the upper echelon of the NBA and a lottery team.
Boston, 33/1 to win the Atlantic Division, is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 45-20 on the season and have won six of their past ten games.
The Celtics are one and half games behind the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in both the East and the Atlantic Division.
Boston led by 37 points at one point Monday and all without Kyrie Irving, as the All-Star was out with a bruised quadriceps.
Denzel Valentine led the way for the Bulls in defeat, as the 24-year old small forward from Lansing, Michigan had 20 points off the bench while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out two assists for the game.
Boston will now head to Minnesota to take on the young Timberwolves on Thursday. Meanwhile Chicago will host the struggling Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at the United Center.
The Celtics are 5/2 to win the Eastern Conference with the Raptors 4999/1 and the Cleveland Cavaliers priced at 4/9.
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