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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:00 am

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Celtics have little trouble with Bulls

Associated Press

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum scored 21 points, Jaylen Brown 19 and the Boston Celtics coasted to a 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

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

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

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.

Chicago cut its deficit to six points twice in the third, the last 67-61 on Kris Dunn's 3-pointer from 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 the rest of the way.

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 pointer and shot 52.5 % in the opening quarter (21 of 40) en route to a 28-14 lead at the break.

 

PELICANS 117, PISTONS 110, OT: In Detroit, Lonzo Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime to lead New Orleans in a matchup of injury-depleted teams.

The Pistons are still missing starters Blake Griffin (knee), Luke Kennard (knee) and Reggie Jackson (back). The Pelicans played without their top three scorers – Brandon Ingram (knee), Jrue Holiday (elbow) and JJ Redick (hamstring) – along with Derrick Favors (hamstring) and Zion Williamson (knee).

Detroit, which trailed by 16 with 11 minutes to play, tied the game at 100 on Derrick Rose's bank shot with 30 seconds left. E'Twaun Moore missed two short jumpers to give Detroit the ball with 14 seconds remaining, but Rose missed at the buzzer.

The Pelicans opened overtime with a 9-2 run, including five points from Ball, and Rose had two turnovers in the last 90 seconds.

New Orleans has won three of four and is now 9-4 after a 6-22 start. Jalil Okafor had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Nicolo Melli scored 20 points and Moore, a former Purdue star, had 16.

The Pistons lost their third straight and their 12th in 15 games. Rose had 23 points and eight assists. Christian Wood added 18 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored 16 points.

Okafor had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Pelicans took a 63-52 halftime lead.

Detroit narrowed the gap to seven at the start of the third, but Melli answered with a 3-pointer. The Pelicans kept the gap in double figures for the rest of the quarter, going into the fourth with an 89-77 lead.


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