The Chicago Bulls, led by 28 points from DeMar DeRozan, on Monday ended the Boston Celtics’ nine-game NBA winning streak with a 121-107 victory.
Zach LaVine, who was frustrated to be pulled from the waning minutes of the Bulls’ loss to Orlando on Friday, scored 22 points.
Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago — who had also beaten the Celtics at home last month, but fell to them in Boston on Nov. 4 in the game that launched the Celtics’ streak.
At 13-4, the Celtics still have the best record in the NBA. Down by as many as 21 in the third quarter, Boston twice pulled within eight in the fourth quarter.
They were down by 10 with 4 minutes, 49 seconds to play, but LaVine drained a three-pointer and DeRozan passed to Alex Caruso for a reverse layup that pushed the Bulls’ lead to 116-101 with less than 3 minutes to go, and Chicago ended a four-game skid.
“There’s a sense of urgency when you lose a game,” LaVine said. “We all have that sense of urgency, individually and collectively as a team. You need to have that. You need to be a desperate team when you go out and play and get those wins.”
Jayson Tatum, scored 28 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out seven assists in the defeat. Jaylen Brown added 25 points and seven rebounds for Boston.
While the Celtics found numerous ways to win during their streak, even when short-handed due to injuries, they could not overcome a poor night from three-point range — or Al Horford’s dismal 0-for-9 shooting night.
“It’s tough to beat a team on their home court when they’re hitting shots and you’re missing shots that you normally make,” said Marcus Smart, who was back in Boston’s lineup after missing two games with a bone bruise.
It was a humbling night in New Orleans for reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. A day after grabbing their first road win of the season, the Warriors — with their top stars sitting out — crashed to a 128-83 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Los Angeles Clippers, fueled by 30 points from reserve forward Norman Powell, held off the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz down the stretch for a 121-114 victory.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 119-111 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, while Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Darius Garland added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-102.
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