It was a historic evening for the Boston Celtics (15-10) on Saturday when they traveled to the United Center to duel with the Chicago Bulls (6-21). Coming into the game Boston had won four straight contests in convincing fashion. It would be more of the same from the Green as they utterly embarrass the Bulls 133-77. This is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Boston Celtics, and the largest home defeat by the Bulls in their history.
The game got started very quickly for Boston, going on a 17-0 from the tip. From there Boston would eventually extend their lead to a staggering 66 points by the end of the game. A lead which was never in doubt, the closest the Bulls ever got was 13 in the second quarter. Coming off the bench to lead the game in scoring was Jaylen Brown with 23. The real MVP of the night however was Daniel Theis who secretly may have had one of the best games in NBA history. Theis’ stat-line of 22 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds are certainly impressive; but putting up a plus/minus of +50 is almost unheard of. That is a Celtics franchise record and the second highest plus minus in NBA history, behind Luc Mbah a Moute with a whopping +57.
Head coach Brad Stevens was very happy with his team’s historic win.
“I thought our guys were really locked in,” he said on NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics postgame coverage. “They played hard all the way through … stayed consistent the whole 48.”
This is the Celtics team that fans expected from the beginning of the season. It seems that the rust has finally worn off this team and the rest of the NBA should take notice. Every player has bought into their new roles and it seems to be clicking. Brown has thrived since accepting his bench role and it is making a large impact on the team’s success. Brown has had 20+ points in his last two games since being inactive, and Boston will need his production later when the games are more meaningful.
The Celtics will travel back home tomorrow night to host MVP candidate Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. It will be a chance for the Celtics to win a sixth consecutive game for the first time this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.