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Boston (AFP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and the Chicago Bulls recovered from 19 points in the second half Monday night to beat the Boston Celtics 128-114 and improve to 6-1 this season.
Zach Lavigne scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevich scored 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bulls, who beat Boston 39-11 in the fourth quarter to turn their 14-point lead to 14 points.
Jaelyn Brown scored 28 goals for the Celtics, who lost three consecutive times, and left the field in the face of boos after falling 2-5 in new coach Aim Odoka’s first season. Alhorford scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds, and Jason Tatum scored 20 points for Boston.
The Celtics led 94-75 about three minutes before the end of the third quarter and were still leading 103-89 for their fourth entry. But Chicago scored the first 12 points in fourth to cut the difference to two points, 103-101, with just over 8 minutes left.
Ayo Dosunmo, a second-round favorite who had his first double-digit NBA game with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer by 6:53 from the left to lift the Bulls 106-105. The Celtics regained the lead for a brief period before Chicago scored 18 of the next 20 points.
The Celtics led 35-31 near the end of the first quarter before DeRozan topped out for nine straight points, scoring 11 during the 15-0 round that gave Chicago a 46-35 lead. But Brown scored the next 10 on his own — and hit consecutive three-pointers to make it a one-point game.
After Dosunmo’s throw, Brown hit another 3, then Smart made one of his own and made the Celtics an eight-point lead at halftime.
Celtics’ Marcus Smart appeared to hurt his leg during the third quarter but gave his thumbs up to the bench and stayed in the game. …Boston’s Robert Williams limped off the court and straight into the locker room after his third-quarter crash. He returned to the bench at the start of Game Four, and the team said he had modified his hip.
Bulls: Visit Philadelphia on a Wednesday night.
Celtics: Play in Orlando on Wednesday night.