The Boston Celtics failed to win at home yet again this season and fall to 2-5 on the season, and it’s the first 0-3 start at home in the 75-year history of the franchise.
In a game that Boston was in complete control for three quarters, they somehow managed to fall apart in the fourth. They were outscored 39-11 in the final period.
Through the first three quarters, the Celtics moved the ball well, shot the ball well, and took care of the ball. It seemed like all was well with this Celtics team and they would finally put together a solid team win. Then the fourth quarter happened.
Chicago got whatever they wanted and scored at will. They controlled both ends of the floor and turned a double-digit deficit, into a double-digit lead in no time.
A few timely offensive rebounds and clutch shots by the Bulls kept the Celtics from getting back into the game.
Demar DeRozan was a thorn in Boston’s side all night. The former all-star finished with 37 points on an incredible 15-20 shooting. He and Zach Lavine made huge plays down the stretch to secure the win for the Bulls.
On the positive side of things, Marcus Smart played his best offense of the season, scoring 16 points and knocking down 60% of his three-pointers. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum finished with 28 and 20 points each, while Al Horford posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The Celtics looked like a team that had found a few answers for a while, but instead, leave tonight’s game with even more questions than before.
Boston will return to action on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic and look for a bounce-back win.
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