The Boston Celtics had another impressive performance from MVP contender Jayson Tatum as he won 107-99 at home against the Chicago Bulls on Monday, extending his league best record to 29-12.
Boston also boasts a 16-5 home record, and while they have been the NBA’s best offense for most of this season, it was their defense that did the job against the Bulls.
After keeping an opponent under 100 points just four times in their first 37 games this season, the Celtics have accomplished the feat in two of their last three games.
While some of the Bulls’ offensive problems came down to DeMar DeRozan leaving with a strained quad, the Celtics were also able to hold the red-hot Zach Lavine on 40 percent shooting (10 of 24), despite his impressive shooting record. 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Jayson Tatum was by far the Celtics’ best player with a game-high 32 points, making 10-of-21 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists, while Grant Williams scored 20 points (eight-of-15 shooting) and eight rebounds. bench.
Tatum’s 30.8 points per game ranks him fifth in the league, and his field goal percentage of 47.2 is the highest since his rookie year (47.5 percent).
The Bulls’ loss snaps their three-game winning streak to 10th in the Eastern Conference, 19-22.
The Nuggets remain the leader of the West
The Denver Nuggets easily dealt with the visitors and the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James, defending their home court, winning 122-109.
It was another playmaking masterclass from the back-to-back MVP and arguably the greatest playmaking center in the sport’s history. field for his 14 points.
He turned shooting duties over to Jamal Murray overnight and scored a season-high 34 points while shooting 13-of-29, leaving the Nuggets tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for first place in the West with a 27-13 record. .
Russell Westbrook continues his sixth Man of the Year with 25 points (10-of-21), seven rebounds and seven assists off the Lakers’ bench.
Brunson’s heroism is not enough for the Knicks
New York Knicks quarterback Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 44 points as his team lost 111-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brunson hit 15-of-30 from the field, hitting all 10 free throws, but the Bucks’ 38-point final quarter saw the Bucks close the gap to 17 points in the third period.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was solid by his standards with 22 points (6-of-15), 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, while off-season signing Joe Ingles impressed coming off the bench with 17 points (6-of-14) and five helps.