The Boston Celtics picked up their 50th win of the season as they beat the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night, 118-94, in their third to last game of the season.
Boston was out front from the get-go, starting the affair off with an 11-2 lead before going into halftime up 67-51. Chicago would inch a little closer late due to the Celtics resting their starters but the C’s held on to their well-padded lead all the way through.
Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 25 to go along with four steals, while Jayson Tatum had just 16 but was able to dish out eight assists. Down low, Daniel Theis and Al Horford continue to fill Robert Williams’ hole well as the two combined for 32 points and 16 rebounds, and Marcus Smart also had six assists.
Luke Kornet, Sam Hauser, Aaron Nesmith, Brodric Thomas, and Malik Fitts saw late minutes. Nesmith also managed to put up eight points.
Boston remains two games behind the Heat, who won yesterday, and they sit in second place 0.5 games ahead of the Bucks, who beat Chicago yesterday and will take on the Celtics tomorrow in the second game of a back-to-back for Boston. In order for Boston to acquire the No. 1 seed, the C’s will have to win out and then it will come down to the second tiebreaker — the C’s and Heat are 1-1 against each other this season.
The Celtics’ game tomorrow will be the second to last of the season before they end their season Sunday night on TNT against the Grizzlies.
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