Celtics continue surge by holding off Bulls

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    CHICAGO. — Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and Gordon Hayward added 24 as the visiting Boston Celtics posted an 111-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

    Tatum rebounded from a 2-for-16 performance from the floor in Friday’s 109-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks by making 12 of 15 on Saturday for the Celtics, who have won eight of their last nine games.

    In other games, Charlotte beat the Mavericks in OT 123-120; Utah humbled Orlando 109-96; Detroit outlasted Golden State 111-104; and Oklahoma beat Cleveland 121-106.

    Eastern Conference Player of the Week Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and Enes Kanter recorded a double-double off the bench with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

    Boston’s Kemba Walker, who averages team-best totals in points (22.5) and assists (5.2), missed his second straight game due to the flu.

    Chicago’s Zach LaVine scored 13 of his 35 points in the first quarter and finished with five 3-pointers, however he struggled from the free-throw line (8 of 14).

    Lauri Markkanen added 15 points before appearing to injure his ankle following a collision with Marcus Smart with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.

    After Chicago trimmed a 16-point deficit to three, Brown sank a step-back jumper and added two foul shots to give Boston a 103-96 lead with 2:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. Tatum added a demoralizing 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down with 1:06 left to take the wind out of the sails of the Bulls. – Reuters